Co-op Program Info
Academic: A co-op is an academic program in which students earn credit for 2+ semesters of employment related to their majors.
Structure: Co-op experiences are typically two semesters long (Summer+Fall or Spring+Summer). Students are registered for 1-3 credits of SC295 during the first semester and 1-3 credits SC395 during their second. Students should talk to their academic adviser to determine the best way to use the credit. Depending on major, co-op courses may fulfill practicum or elective degree requirements.
Full-time: Co-ops are full-time jobs; typically students work 40 hours/week for the duration of the experience. Because co-ops are full-time academic experiences, students participating in co-ops remain full-time Penn State students, though they are only registered (and pay) for 1-3 credits/semester.
Paid: Students are paid for their experiences - employers determine the rate of pay based on the job and level of skill.
Additional Perks: Students participating the co-op program get a transcript notation and eligibility to take English 202C by portfolio. Click here for details.
- Completion of at least 30 credits, 2.0 overall grade point average
- Enrollment in one of the following:
- an Eberly College of Science major; all science majors at all Penn State locations are eligible
- a science-oriented major (ex. Toxicology, Immunology, Animal Bioscience, Biobehavioral Health, etc.).
How to Participate: