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.

  • Student must meet GPA requirements. For most programs, a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA is required; however, some programs require a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • 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 turned in to Student Success in Old Main 130 during the semester prior to the co-op.
       o Once the paperwork is submitted and the GPA is verified, students will be instructed to register for the credits.
  • A faculty member from the student’s program will conduct a site visit during the co-op.
  • After completing the co-op student are required to complete a Student Evaluation and turn in proof of hours for verification purposes (typically a final paystub).
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

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