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Co-op Program Info

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Get paid to gain in-depth experience in industry while a student

Program Features

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:

  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
Upcoming Events
Actuarial Forum for All Students New to the Major 31 August 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM — 110 Business
Resume/Interview Workshop for Actuarial Students 09 September 2015 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM — 107 Business Building
Fall Career Days: Non-Technical Full-Time Recruiting Day 15 September 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Bryce Jordan Center
Fall Career Days: Internship & Co-op Recruiting Day 16 September 2015 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Bryce Jordan Center
2015 Eberly College of Science Fall Networking Reception 16 September 2015 05:15 PM - 06:30 PM — Willaman Gateway connecting Life Sciences and Chemistry Buildings
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