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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a partnership between students and companies in which employers provide students the opportunity to convert classroom skills and knowledge into valuable, paid experience related to their major.

Co-op provides the student with the opportunity to gain experience in their field of study while they are still in school.  Co-op serves as a guide to assist in making career decisions and developing goals. A Co-op position can answer questions about the student's profession before a long-term commitment is made; it also provides the opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable skills that include resume construction, networking, interviewing techniques, and professional work habits.

Schedule Options

The JSU Co-op program offers two different scheduling options.
  • Alternate Schedule - With this option, you alternate semesters of full-time classes with semesters of full-time work
  • Parallel Schedule - With this option you work part-time while attending classes. You must take at least six hours each semester. You will usually work 15 to 25 hours per week, or more upon request


In order to qualify for the program you must have completed 24 or more hours, maintained a 2.5 GPA, have the recommendation of two JSU professors, and completed a Co-op application. If you are interested in this program, you should visit us at our office to discuss program options and career interest, and to meet the Cooperative Education Coordinator.

Need more info?

Lola Johnston | Career Counselor and Co-op Coordinator
Phone: (256)-782-5092
Fax: (256)-782-5484

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