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Co-op Program Info

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Get paid to gain in-depth experience in industry while a student
by pxs913 last modified Mar 06, 2013 10:34 AM History

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Program Features

Academic: Co-op is an academic program in which students earn credit for semesters of employment related to their majors.

Paid: Students get paid for their experiences - employers determine the rate of pay.

Alternating: Semesters of co-op are alternated with semesters of on-campus course work. One semester must be a spring or fall, the others can be summers.

Additional Perks: Students completing the Co-op Program get a certificate signed by the dean, eligibility to be nominated for Student of the Year, a transcript notation, networking on LinkedIn, and eligibility for English 202C by portfolio. Click here for details.


  • Completion of at least 30 credits, 2.0 overall grade point average
  • Enrollment in an Eberly College of Science major; all science majors at all Penn State locations are eligible
  • Enrollment in science-oriented majors (ex. Toxicology, Animal Bioscience, Biobehavioral Health) in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the College of Health and Human Development. Contact the Science Career and International Education Office if you have questions about your eligibility for co-op.

How to Apply

To participate in the co-op program, follow these steps:

  1. Register for a SciOpps account, upload your resume, view opportunities in the "jobs" tab
  2. Contact CIE to set up an appointment to review your resume, talk about your goals, and identify search strategies
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