Cooperative (CO-OP) Education Program
What is a Co-Op?
Gain work experience that is related to your major or career goal. A typical program plan is for students to alternate terms of full-time classroom study with terms of full-time, discipline-related employment. A participant will do co-op for two separate semesters plus summers, gaining a year of career experience prior to graduation.
Co-op will normally occur during an extended junior year. The co-op will consist of a spring semester and summer or a summer and fall semester.
How Does a Co-Op Work?
A student applies to the co-op program. If selected to participate, the student is matched with an industry partner with common interests. A set of learning objectives are developed with your industry partner. Students will be expected to do a presentation on their co-op experience at the end of each co-op period.
- Junior Standing
- Apply & Admitted U of I Student
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
For Industry Partners
- Employ Student at Competitive Market Rate
- Undergo Brief Training
- Participate in Development of Learning Objectives & Evaluation Process
- Provide Mentorship & Feedback
The student application deadline for the January 2019 Co-op has been EXTENDED. Please apply by the end of October.
We are also accepting applications for June 2019.