What are the benefits of a co-op?
- Gain practical work experience where you can apply what you have learned in the classroom.
- Earn money while gaining relevant experience.
- Develop professional competencies employers are looking for such as communication skills, time management, work ethics, problem solving, critical thinking, team work, multi-tasking, etc.
- Earn academic credit (1 hr. per 180 working hours, up to 3 per semester and 9 total toward your degree)
- Develop a network of professionals in your field. Networking can be the key to your search for a full-time position upon graduating.
- Explore career options and chosen field to see what areas you most enjoy and would like to pursue for a career.
- Build resume experience. In a competitive job market, employers are looking for those who have experience in their field already.
What do co-op positions pay?
Co-op positions are always paid at least minimum wage and vary by company or discipline.
Will employers be interested in me, even though I don’t have any experience?
Employers in the co-op program are looking for students who are trainable and still capable of contributing as a result of classroom experience.
Am I guaranteed a co-op position once I have met all of the requirements?
No, applying for a co-op position is very competitive. Employers evaluate your resume and interviewing skills and compare you with other Tri-C students and students from other colleges/universities.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Yes your GPA must be a 2.75 or higher. Employers may have additional criteria (i.e. higher GPA, more credit hours, and various skills and qualifications.)