Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program
Undergraduates seeking work experience related to their academic program and career goals prior to graduation may apply for the Cooperative Education Program through UA Career Services. Cooperative education (Co-op) enables students to alternate semesters of full-time course work with a semester and/or summer of full-time paid professional experience in the field. Co-op helps students explore and confirm their career choice.
To qualify, students must have full-time status and a minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA. Students with senior status may participate in Co-op as long as one full-time semester of course work remains to complete their degree requirements after they return from a co-op experience. Once approved for the program by Career Services, students may register for COOP 100, Career-Related Experience, a 1-unit course taken for audit (i.e., no credit). COOP 100 maintains a student'sactive status at the University, similar to a Leave of Absence. While COOP 100 may be repeated, enrollment is limited to non-consecutive regular semesters, consecutive summer sessions, or one regular semester combined with summer sessions. Enrollment in COOP 100 does not maintain full-time status for financial aid or insurance purposes. Interested students should check with their scholarship or financial aid counselor to find out how a co-op experience will affect their scholarship award or financial aid status.
Successful completion of a co-op experience or internship is encouraged in many UA degree programs. To ensure that a career-related work experience will support their academic and career goals, interested students should consult with their major academic advisor.
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