What is cooperative education?
Cooperative education is a full-time, paid, rotational, field-based experience that is a critical component of a student’s academic program. Upon successful completion of a co-op field rotation, a student will receive a formal notation on her/his transcript. At Georgia State University, students complete two separate 6-month field placements of work directly related to their majors. Between field rotations students return to complete their academic studies as full-time students. They do not take formal classes during their co-op placements. All co-op employment field rotations must be approved by the university.
While in the field, the student is compensated at a salary level consistent with a full-time employee with similar skill sets. A co-op provides onsite supervision, training and concrete learning objectives with the goal of broadening skills and developing knowledge as well as building career confidence. On-site supervisors provide regular feedback about the student’s progress.
Co-op vs. internship?
- Co-ops are full-time, 6-month, career-related, paid positions, for up to two rotations; students do not take academic courses during this period, and only focus on completing the field experience.
- Internships are often part-time (full-time during the summer), singular opportunities that can be paid or unpaid. Students typically continue to take academic courses while participating in an internship.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin
Immersion in experience is the most fundamental learning mode throughout life.Guy Claxton
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