Cooperative Education is a unique partnership between the University, industry and business community. Professional employment allows the student to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace, in addition to the development of intellect and culture within their major fields of study. The co-op program is designed to be an integral part of the graduate student’s academic program.
Cooperative Education allows graduate students to work full-time/40 hours per week or part-time/20 hours per week in a professional workplace, while pursuing at least 3 credit hours (alternate schedule) and 6 credit hours (parallel schedule) at Jacksonville State University.
There are no fees associated with the Graduate Co-Op Program, and if approved, students are provided full-time enrollment status, while on work assignments of hours 20 hours per week (parallel).
Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Cooperative Education
Eligibility for the Graduate Co-op Program is based on academic achievement at Jacksonville State University.
Requirements for the Graduate Cooperative Education Program
Students must report an interview and a hire to the Co-Op Coordinator, when obtained via assistance from Career Services office or its JLink listing.
After a student is hired, the student must inform the co-op coordinator and the student will be added to the roster for the upcoming semester of the co-op program. Co-op students must register for co-op every semester during the scheduled Pre-Registration or Open Registration for the upcoming semester while working in a co-op work assignment.
Every co-op student and supervisor must complete an online evaluation no later than the mid-tern grades due date. Failure to receive 2 evaluations per co-op student will result in an incomplete grade (I) letter grade or pass/fail.
Procedures for Participation in a Graduate Co-op program
Complete the Co-Op Application and attach the following documents to the form:
Note; Cooperative Education is not to be considered a form of financial aid and will not provide adequate funding to support educational costs.
For further information, please contact the cooperative education coordinator, Lola Johnston (256-782-5092).