Whether looking to “test drive” a potential career or gain valuable work experience in a chosen field, Auburn Engineering’s Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program offers engineering students many advantages. Co-Op enhances classroom learning and adds relevance to education by integrating academic theory with real world work experience. In other words, Cooperative Education provides students with an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in the real world.
The way Co-Op works is simple and straightforward. The program requires that each Auburn Co-Op student works at minimum one calendar year (12 months), preferably with the same employer, within a chosen field. Students alternate terms of school and work, working for one Summer Semester (3 months), one Spring Semester (4.5 months) and one Fall Semester (4.5 months). The jobs students obtain are paid and provide practical work experience as well as a break from the classroom. Co-op work experience can prove useful when looking for a job after graduation, as many employers prefer to hire individuals with practical experience.
Learn more about Auburn University’s Co-Op Program here.