Prepare for Leadership, Test Skills and Abilities, Build Your Resume, Gain Practical Experience.
NJCU’s Cooperative Education Program broadens and enhances your education by supplementing academic programs with professional work experience. Earn a salary and, at the same time, earn credits toward your undergraduate degree.
The Cooperative Education Program enables you to combine classroom learning with practical experience and provides an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom.
You may choose from a wide range of co-op employment positions offered by corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the area. You may explore more than one professional field of interest and make career contacts along the way—all while earning credits.
As an undergraduate, you may earn up to 12 credits through either part-time or full-time work experience. The number of credits you receive is based on the number of hours you work per week. There are 3 co-op schedules from which you may choose:
1. Alternating Program
During alternating semesters, you work full-time off campus for one semester, and the following semester, you study full-time on campus.
2. Extended Program
You pursue full-time co-op employment and study part-time during each semester.
3. Parallel Program
You work part-time and study part-time during each semester.
Credits earned can be applied toward your free electives or electives in your major department. You must check with your department chairperson for specific inclusion within your particular degree program.
As a Cooperative Education student, you are offered entry-level, professional positions with local, national, and international organizations. These include banks, newspapers, service organizations, large and small corporations, insurance companies, design studios, hospitals, etc. No matter what your area of interest from business to the arts, media to mathematics, criminal justice to sociology, chances are you will find a co-op experience to fit your field.
You are welcome to stop in, email, or telephone to arrange for a personal interview with a cooperative education program counselor. The counselor provides you with an application, assists you in developing a resume, and helps you register for cooperative education credit.
When you are hired for an internship position, you function exactly as a regular employee at the place of business, fulfilling all the normal duties and responsibilities of the job. In addition, you are responsible for a project which is developed in consultation with the faculty coordinator, and you attend one evening seminar at the University.
The cooperative education counselor is a trained professional who serves as a career counselor, job developer, and placement specialist. The counselor assists you in goal-setting, career decision-making, and seeks work experiences appropriate to your interests and major field of study. The counselor provides career information, helps with the preparation of your resume, and assists with interviewing skills. When you are accepted for a co-op position, your cooperative education coordinator will provide on the job coaching and visit the work site to ensure your success.
The cooperative education employer offers the student a constructive and interesting work program. The employer communications regularly with the co-op counselor, which develops an understanding of the relationship between the workplace and academic goals.