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.
- 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 email@example.com.
Registration for Summer 2020
Students can submit the Cooperative Education Experience paperwork electronically by following these steps:
- 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.
- Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA) on CampusConnection for the semester of the Co-op.
- Check for holds on CampusConnection. Verify no holds will prevent registration. If there is a hold, resolve it prior to submitting the paperwork.
- Submit paperwork by clicking here.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.