Co-op experiences are full-time jobs, typically two semesters long, where you’re expected to work 40 hours per week. During this time, you’ll remain a full-time student, but you’ll only register for one to three credits each semester.
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. Academic advisers can help 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. 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.
- 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.).
English 202C option:
Interested co-op students have the option of compiling a portfolio of technical writing samples to submit to the English Department during completion of the second co-op assignment (SC 395) to earn credit for the English 202C requirement.
If you are interested in participating in the co-op program, please contact Dr. Ann Marie Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.