What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is a University-wide, credit bearing, work-based learning program that provides students with preparation, counseling, academic projects and the opportunity to reflect on what is learned.

Partnerships with businesses and non-profit organizations are created to assist students in exploring the relationship between classroom learning and work-place practices. Since its inception, more than 700 businesses and non-profit organizations have partnered with Montclair State University to advance the education of 14,000 Montclair State alumni.

Full and part-time, paid and unpaid co-op positions are available to students. These positions meet co-op work-learning criteria and are arranged for a minimum of one semester. Screening criteria are determined by the employer working with the Center; those students meeting these criteria are referred for interviews using a web-based interface giving our students and employers 24/7 access. Hiring decisions are made solely by the employer. Interested students must apply at least one semester prior to enrollment in an academic course especially designed to foster reflective thinking and learning from experience.