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  • Cooperative Education Program
    Career Resource Center

    General Information: The Cooperative Education Program offers students an opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience as a part of their academic program.

    The program gives students the opportunity to verify academic and vocational interests, gain valuable experience in chosen career fields prior to graduation and earn income that can be used to defray college expenses.

    Co-op work experience must be related to academic major or career field interest. The work experience is conducted under approved industrial, business, institutional or governmental agency supervision.

    Qualifications: To qualify for a co-op work assignment a student must have completed the freshman year with at least a 2.0 GPA. An arrangement for the student to be employed in a career-related job and registration in an appropriate co-op work experience course is done through the Career Resource Center (CRC).

    Transfer Students: Students who were co-oping at a community college or university and who wish to continue to do so while at UF, will ordinarily wait until after completing one semester on campus.

    Co-op students may participate in the following work programs:

    Alternating: The student alternates between a full-time academic schedule followed by full-time work for a minimum of two or three work semesters.

    Parallel: The student, while carrying academic course work, is also employed in an appropriate job.

    Course Offerings: With the exception of the co-op course listed below, all co-op courses are listed by academic department. The junior/senior level course number for co-op is 4949, preceded by the letter designation of the department concerned.

    All freshmen and sophomores qualified for co-op course work register for:

    IDS 4949 Co-op Work Experience
    Credits: 1; can be repeated with changed work program.
    This course is designed for students who participate in a multiple-semester career-related co-op work experience with a company. All co-op students are required to set up a file in the Career Resource Center. (S-U)
    SLS 1102 Enhancing the Freshman Experience
    Credits: 1.
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