Co-op Frequently Asked Questions

Can I turn my current job into a co-op?
Who approves my co-op position for credit?
Who is my Co-op Faculty Coordinator?
Do I need to meet with my Career Services Career Advisor in order to co-op?
How much academic credit can I earn?
Do I have to pay tuition for co-op credit?
What if I can't drop off my paperwork during Career Services business hours?
How is co-op credit counted for graduate students?
Can international students participate in co-ops?
Do international students need to take any additional steps in order to co-op?
What if my co-op requires relocation to a different city or country?
Other questions?

Can I turn my current job into a co-op?
Possibly.  If you currently have a position that is related to your major or minor, you can probably turn it into a co-op.  You’ll need to discuss your position with the faculty coordinator for the academic discipline.

Who approves my co-op position for credit?
Your Faculty Coordinator, a specific faculty member in your academic department, will approve your co-op position.

Who is my Co-op Faculty Coordinator?
List of Faculty Coordinators by major

Do I need to meet with my Career Services Career Advisor in order to co-op?
Not necessarily. If you have had a co-op before, you can simply stop by Career Services to pick up the paperwork.  If this is your first co-op but you already have your position lined up, you should read the Co-op Handbook, which outlines all paperwork and steps involved in the co-op process and contact your Career Services Liaison if you have any questions.  If you need assistance searching for a co-op position, you should attend one of the Co-op Search Strategies workshops or call Career Services (859-572-5680) to make an appointment with your Career Advisor

How much academic credit can I earn?
A student can earn 1, 2, 3, or 6 academic credits in one semester based on the total number of hours worked.  You may earn a maximum of 12 academic credits total for cooperative education.

Academic credit hours

Hours worked per week

Hours worked per semester

1

8

120

2

15

225

3

20

300

6

37.5 or more

560 or more

 

Do I have to pay tuition for co-op credit?
Yes, co-op credit incurs tuition at your normal tuition rate. In some cases, students taking 12 credits of other courses may add 3 credits of CEP 300 without an additional charge because the cost of 12 and 15 credits may be the same. Tuition varies based on residency and other factors. For details on tuition, please contact Student Account Services. Graduate students pay graduate tuition for any class, including CEP 600. There are no special fees associated with CEP 300 or CEP 600.

What if I can’t drop off my paperwork during Career Services business hours?
That's no problem!  Feel free to slide your paperwork under the door to Career Services if you visit after hours – we’ll pick it up in the morning.  You may also submit your paperwork by mail.

How is co-op credit counted for graduate students?
Graduate students may enroll for CEP 600: Graduate Co-op Experience.  This course does incur graduate tuition, just like any other graduate class.  The course does not typically replace a requirement of the graduate program but can be a highly educational experience that supplements the student’s transcript and resume.

Can international students participate in co-ops?
Most international students can work in co-op positions by using their authorization for Curricular Practical Training.  Please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars to ensure you are educated on your visa status.  Their website is http://oiss.nku.edu/.

Do international students need to take any additional steps in order to co-op?
Yes, international students must register with International Students and Scholar Services before obtaining a co-op and there is a bit of additional paperwork to secure authorization to work in the United States.  You should allow extra time to complete the paperwork and for ISSS to submit authorization paperwork to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services).  A variety of resources and contact information for ISSS can be found at http://isss.nku.edu/.

What if my co-op requires relocation to a different city or country?
That’s no problem! Career Services can help you gather information about relocating to a new area, but you’ll also want to contact your employer for ideas on living arrangements, transportation, etc.  You should allow extra time for the co-op paperwork to be completed long-distance and translated for your employer, if applicable.

Other questions? 
Contact Career Services at careerservices@nku.edu or 859-572-5680 and we’d be happy to answer them!

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