Cooperative Education Program

Student FAQ

Does it look like the Co-op program is a fascinating opportunity to get professional experience in your field of study and make some money? Do you feel like knowing a little more about the Co-op program? Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Co-op program.

Internship vs. Co-op - Whats the Difference?

How could a Co-op placement benefit my future career?

How long is the Co-op Program?

What majors are involved in the program?

Am I eligible for the Co-op Program?

Am I considered a full time student during the work term?

When should I prepare for a Co-op?

Is a placement guaranteed in the Co-op Program?

Is Co-op credit bearing?

How much will I make through the Co-op Program?

Is there a mentor to answer my questions when I am in need?

Is there a grade for the Co-op Program?



Internship vs. Co-op - Whats the Difference?

  • Comparison

    Co-op

    Internship

    Work Term

    Up to six months

    10-12 weeks

    Professional Experience

    Y

    Y

    Full Time Employment

    Y

    Y/N

    Credit Bearing

    N

    Y

    Show in Transcript

    Y

    Y

    Income

    Y

    Y/N

    Pay Tuition While Working

    N

    Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How could a Co-op placement benefit my future career?

 A Co-op helps you to:

  • Explore and confirm your major and career options early
  • Develop job search and interview skills
  • Develop a network of professional contacts
  • Get great job experience for your resume
  • Increase your job prospects

How long is the Co-op Program?

One work term typically runs for six consecutive months through two academic semesters, either from July through December, or January through June. 

Under SUNY Oswego's pilot program we can only allow you one work term in total. 

Sample Co-op Cycles are listed in Co-op Cycle for your reference. If you need more detailed information, please email co-op@oswego.edu.

What majors are involved in the program?

Co-op is a pilot program in the following fifteen departments:

Nevertheless, our program is expanding quickly. Even if your major is not participating at this time, we are working hard on adding as many majors as possible to the program. Be sure to check out the Co-op Majors page for the contact information of each department. 

Am I eligible for the Co-op Program?

Besides having good academic standing, the following factors are also necessities:

  • Complete at least two semesters of full-time status or complete one full time semester as a transfer student.
  • Obtain a signed release form from your academic advisor to participate in Co-op
  • Complete and pass the mandatory Co-op prep class satisfactorily.
  • Obtain final approval from the Co-op coordinator.

Am I considered a full time student during the work term?

While you are enrolled for a Co-op assignment, you are considered a full time student. You will not be charged tuition since there is no credit associated with Co-op. However, there may be other fees and charges that you are responsible for. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for your financial aid eligibility.

When should I prepare for a Co-op?

Typically, the Co-op program starts either in the Summer of your Sophomore year or the Spring of your Junior year. You need to pass the prep course the semester prior to when your Co-op starts.

Is a placement guaranteed in the Co-op Program?

Your Co-op advisor will guide you through the job search process and provide support when needed. However, it is your responsibility to find and secure employment. Insufficient GPA, inflexible schedules and poor interviewing are common barriers to employment. SUNY Oswego cannot guarantee you a co-op placement.

Is Co-op credit bearing?

Co-op is a non-credit bearing full time paid work experience in your major. Hence, no tuition needs to be paid during the Co-op period.

How much will I make through the Co-op Program?

Compensation is set by the employer and depends on the industry, the level of the position, and local economy.

Fifteen $6,000 merit Co-op scholarships are available for qualified incoming SUNY Oswego freshman through WACE this year! Please find more information on the Scholarship Information page.

Is there a mentor to answer my questions when I am in need?

We require the employers to appoint a mentor and/or supervisor for our Co-op students. In addition to that, our faculty and Co-op advisor will also provide you needed assistance.

Is there a grade for the Co-op Program?

If you successfully participated in Co-op, you would receive an audit credit. Grades of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) will be assigned by your co-op adviser's recommendation and recorded in your transcript.