Co-op Ready

Co-op Employment: In the Field


  • Student will register in Banner for co-op course outlined in the curriculum.
  • Student will contact the Cooperative Education & Internship office once they have been hired.
    • It is at this point that the student enters specific co-op information, including the location, supervisor’s name, etc.

Making the Most of Your Co-op Experience:
During your co-op experience you will be considered a full-time employee of the company you have chosen to work for. You will be held to the same standards and general professional rules of conduct as other employees. Make sure you regularly check in with your direct supervisor regarding responsibilities, projects and overall expectations.

Remember that you’re building a professional reputation as you work at your co-op job. Keep the following in mind:

  • Arrive early or on time – every day. Always contact your employer if you will be late or can’t be at work for any reason.
  • Show your enthusiasm and strong interest in learning as much as you can during your time with the employer.
  • Dress professionally. Check with your supervisor for general dress requirements.
  • Ask your supervisor about rules regarding cell phone use, web use, texting, etc.
  • Communicate regularly with your supervisor; ask for feedback about your overall performance.
  • Do not leave work early unless directly authorized to do so by your employer.

Co-op Compensation and Benefits
Georgia State cooperative experiences are paid, reflecting the fact that you are a full-time, contributing employee. Compensation will depend on a range of factors, including your level of experience, year in school, number of co-ops you have participated in and competitive wages within your industry.

During field rotations, paid leave for students, including vacation days and holidays, will be determined by the employer.