Cooperative Education (Co-op)
- What Is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?
- WHO BENEFITS?
- WHO QUALIFIES?
- HOW DOES CO-OP WORKS?
- Co-op Work Schedule
According to the National Commission for Cooperative Education, Co-op is an academic strategy that integrates classroom studies with a series of paid, productive work experiences in a field related to a student’s career or education goals.
The idea underlying “co-op” is that the student is exposed to both campus studies and the world of real affairs during the years of formal education. The student will emerge a better educated individual with a better theory and work application.
Co-op at Prairie View A&M University is a voluntary program which consists of alternating periods of study and work which is based on the university’s calendar of Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
- Broaden your career horizons
- Work for fortune 500 companies
- Competitive salary, paid vacation, paid travel costs to and from college.
- Get first hand knowledge of what is expected in the business environment, easing the transition from college to work.
- Get academic credit.
- Strengthen your resume.
- Network with other students, managers and Vice Presidents
- Travel to places and explore the world.
- Gain hands-on experience or practical training that can be brought back to the classroom.
- Share with instructors new technology that may not be seen in the classroom for years to come.
- Share with peers and classmates all the challenging experience gained, travel and networking possibilities.
- Earning while learning helps reduce the financial burden imposed upon the family.
- Get trained and experienced students for full-time employment
- Observe a student’s performance before making long range commitments
- Eliminate cost and time for training
- Get involved in academic programs of future employees
- Better relationship with Prairie View A&M University
- Any student enrolled at Prairie View A&M University, registered with the Co-op & Intern Office, completes a semester, and earn a 2.5 grade point average may apply for co-op and intern.
- After completion of 30 semester credit hours, a student may qualify and possibly be placed on a co-op or intern assignment.
- Student must be willing to complete a minimum of two or three work terms.
Co-op and Intern students may earn salaried amounts based on their classification and experiences.
A typical Co-op student will have the following options. If a student is a sophomore that student may start the Co-op process following the options listed below. The minimum required assignments for a co-op student is three. Some students take advantage of applying for classes at a local university.