Co-ops & Internships

What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative education is a full-time, paid, rotational, field-based experience that is a critical component of a student’s academic program. Upon successful completion of a co-op field rotation, a student will receive a formal notation on her/his transcript. At Georgia State University, students complete two, separate six-month field placements of work directly related to their majors. Between field rotations, students return to complete their academic studies as full-time students. They do not take formal classes during their co-op placements. All co-op employment field rotations must be approved by the university.

Cooperative Education is currently open to the following majors: Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Political Science (International, Government, and Pre-Law Track) and Geosciences (Bachelor of Art or Science with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concentration).

While in the field, the student is compensated at a salary level consistent with a full-time employee with similar skill sets. A co-op provides onsite supervision, training and concrete learning objectives with the goal of broadening skills and developing knowledge as well as building career confidence. Onsite supervisors provide regular feedback about the student’s progress.

Cooperative Education is a program offered by University Career Services, within the Division of Student Affairs.

Co-ops vs. Internships?
Co-ops and internships vary in some significant respects:

  • Co-ops are full-time, six-month, career-related, paid positions for up to two rotations; students do not take academic courses during this period and only focus on completing the field experience.
  • Internships are often part-time (full-time during the summer), singular opportunities that can be paid or unpaid. Students typically continue to take academic courses while participating in an internship.

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