What is Co-op?

Co-op (Cooperative Education) is an educational program where students get hands-on experience in their academic field of study and/or career interests through working in a professional environment, nationally or internationally. Students' participation in Co-op is an integrated learning experience that enhances both their studies and career development. SUNY Oswego will support their endeavor with a variety of resources: resume/interview preparation, Co-op research and position search, connections with companies and organizations as well as  drawing on their classroom experience to achieve their career goals.

The SUNY Oswego Cooperative Education Program is the first multi-departmental Co-op program within the SUNY system. In Co-op, students enter a partnership with the school and an employer to gain practical experience relevant to their major. Co-op is a full-time, paid, long term employment; a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of 26 weeks. Since Co-op is a non-credit bearing educational program, students do not pay tuition for this program.

How does Co-op work?

The secret to success in acquiring a Co-op is to become aware of  the Co-op program requirements and to start planning as early as possible in a student’s  first year as an undergraduate. 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.

If  interested in participating in Co-op, students should connect with the Center for Experiential Learning office to discuss program requirements. Prior to Co-op, undergraduate students are required to complete and pass a mandatory Professional Skills Preparatory course, typically in a students first or second year of college.  The course, GST 101, is a graded academic course, in which students will examine, define and equip themselves with the critical skills and workplace competencies employers’ desire in successful candidates for employment. The course will prepare, involve and connect students in the fundamental aspects of career planning through self-assessment, market analysis, professional etiquette and networking and career application through to the interview process.