Cooperative Education (Co-op) 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.
Generally, students must have a 2.0 minimum GPA and have earned 30 credits before applying. Computer Science and Information Technology require prerequisite courses and major GPA above a 2.75 to be eligible.
Students who transfer into Montclair State University with an associate or bachelor's degree, do not have to obtain any course credit at Montclair State University to be eligible for co-op.
Students who transfer into Montclair State University without a degree must complete at least 9 credits at Montclair State, have at least 30 accumulated credits (including Montclair State and transfer), and have a 2.0 minimum GPA.
No, you are not guaranteed a co-op. It is a highly competitive process. You should be actively involved and stay on top of the process. Following-up in a timely and professional manner is essential throughout the job search to ensure your success.
Yes, if you can demonstrate new learning through a promotion, different position within the company, or evidence of a project or tasks that will compromise at least 50% of the time spent at the work site.
Co-op participation is for an entire semester. Typically, a semester is 15 weeks during the fall and spring; co-op is 14 weeks during the summer term. While participation in more than one semester is not required, it is encouraged.
Specific faculty participates in the co-op program. This varies by semester/term. While students may specify specific faculty supervisors for the co-op program, this request is honored on a first-come/first-serve basis by submittal date of completed co-op paperwork.
Salaries vary widely depending upon location and nature of the work performed. Some positions are paid, some are unpaid and others provide a stipend.
In any case, you should not count on a co-op position to support all your college expenses. Co-op is designed to emphasize academic and professional experiences rather than to provide financial support.