Co-op Questions?

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 potential questions regarding the Co-op program.

Internship vs. Co-op: What's 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 position 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 - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Comparison

Co-op

Internship

Work Term

12-26 weeks

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?

A Co-op can run from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.  A 6 month Co-op generally runs January to June and/or July to December. A student can participate in 2 Co-ops prior to graduation.

As long as students plan early and are pursuing one major, students can still graduate in 4 years while including a Co-op. Each student’s circumstances will vary.  

WHAT MAJORS ARE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM?

All majors can participate in the Co-op program.  However, a Co-op position has to be relevant to a student’s major.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE CO-OP PROGRAM?

Co-op Eligibility:

  • Undergraduates must have upper division standing and a GPA of 2.5

  • If a student is a transfer undergraduate or new graduate student to SUNY Oswego, they can begin their Co-op after completing at least one academic semester in their major or program. International students on an F-1 visa must have written authorization from their international student advisor from the International Education Office prior to participation in a Co-op.

  • Complete and pass the mandatory Professional Skills Preparatory course, GST 101.

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?

A student interested in pursuing a Co-op should become aware of  the Co-op program requirements and should start planning as early as possible in a student’s  first year at SUNY Oswego.

 

IS A POSITION GUARANTEED IN THE CO-OP PROGRAM?

The Center for Experiential Learning  will guide you through the Co-op process and provide student resources and support.  However, it is the student’s responsibility to find and secure a Co-op position. SUNY Oswego cannot guarantee you a Co-op position.

Insufficient GPA, inflexible schedules, poor resumes and interviews are common barriers to employment. SUNY Oswego provides you with valuable resources and information to help avoid these barriers.

 

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. A student remains in full-time status during Co-op.

 

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 supervisor for our Co-op students. In addition to that, the Center for Experiential Learning  faculty sponsor will also be available to provide you needed assistance.

 

IS THERE A GRADE FOR THE CO-OP PROGRAM?

If you successfully participated and completed a Co-op, a student will receive a letter grade. Grades of H (Honors )S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) will be assigned by your Faculty Sponsor and recorded on your transcript.