Cooperative Education

Co-ops (cooperative education) and internships are essentially the same thing. Co-ops by definition are paid positions.   Co-op positions generally have two work plans, alternating and parallel. 

Types of Co-ops: 

  • Alternating co-ops rotate between semesters of full-time work and full-time college attendance.  You return to the same cooperative employer each work semester until you've completed that particular co-op assignment.  
  • Parallel co-ops allow you to attend classes for part of the day then work part-time for part of the day.  You return to the same employer for each work semester.