What’s a co-op? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you.

Co-ops, or co-operative education, are full-time, paid positions with an organization where students are working an entire semester at a company rather than in the classroom. They’re usually 6 months long and start in either January (for the Spring semester) or June (for the Fall semester) and are a great way to develop work experience, transferable skills, and apply your studies to the real world. Much like an internship, co-ops are a way for students to test out different careers and understand how their major would apply to the world of work.

Unlike an internship, co-op students can only take up to 1 class during the semester they’re on co-op, so they can focus on work, and the 0-credit co-op enrollment would maintain the student’s full time UConn status. Co-op students can also cancel their housing contracts so they can relocate for work, and save money because there’s no need to pay tuition – just a small co-op fee, and course fees if you take up to the allowable 4 credits.

By Ashley Browning
Ashley Browning Assistant Director, Corporate Partner Relations Ashley Browning