Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) - Student Information

What is a co-op?

A co-op offers students the opportunity to integrate career, social and personal development in to the educational process. It allows students to integrate classroom study with a paid work experience related to their field of study. It is recommended that a student has successfully completed one year of academic study within their program prior to completing a co-op.

Requirements
  • Student must have a 2.0 or higher GPA.
  • Students should have successfully completed one year of academic study within their program prior to completing a co-op.
  • Work must be related to the student’s program of study and provide the integration of academic learning with on-the-job training.
  • Students are responsible for finding employment with the assistance of the following resources:
        o Faculty within the program
        o NDSCS Online Job Posting site
        o NDSCS Career Services
        o NDSCS Career Fair 
  • 162 hours of work are required per credit. Most co-ops are 2 credits requiring 324 hours of work.
  • Paperwork must be completed and submitted prior to the start of the co-op. 
  • A faculty member from the student’s program will conduct a site/phone visit during the co-op.
  • After completing the co-op, students are required to complete a Student Evaluation and turn in proof of hours for verification purposes (typically a final paystub). To complete this process, students can contact the Student Success Center: Old Main 130 | call/text 701-671-3000 | email ndscs.careerservices@ndscs.edu.
Registration for Summer 2020

Students can submit the Cooperative Education Experience paperwork electronically by following these steps:

  1. Complete all forms and get required signatures (except NDSCS Director signature)
    • Student fills out and signs the Cooperative Education Student Responsibility Form
    • Student fills out and signs the Cooperative Education Candidate Enrollment Form
    • Student and Employer fills out the Cooperative Education Agreement. Student, Employer and Faculty Advisor signs the form.
    • Student and Employer fills out the Cooperative Education Faculty Training Agreement. Student, Employer and Faculty Advisor signs the form.
    • Faculty Advisor fills out and signs the Cooperative Education Faculty Reference Form.
  2. Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA) on CampusConnection for the semester of the Co-op.
  3. Check for holds on CampusConnection. Verify no holds will prevent registration. If there is a hold, resolve it prior to submitting the paperwork.
  4. Submit paperwork by clicking here.
  5. Verify registration of credits. Once the paperwork is received, Career Services will review the paperwork, register you for the credits and email a confirmation of registration. If there are issues, Career Services will reach out to you by email and/or phone.

Submit Cooperative Education (Co-op) Paperwork Here

Contact Information

Career Services is located in Old Main, Wahpeton ND. For more information, contact the Career Services office at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-3000 or ndscs.careerservices@ndscs.edu.