Co-op FAQs for CEAS Students

Here's a list of frequently asked questions specifically about co-op and the impact of COVID-19. Situations include alternatives, special circumstances, and requirements. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your co-op advisor for support and clarification.

Other co-op paths, such as a remote research co-op in your field or an EEP experience, may be available to you.  Your co-op advisor can help you identify relevant available options, and also help you apply for an unemployment waiver if applicable to your situation

“EEP” stands for Experiential Exploration Program.  EEPs have always been available on a limited basis, but the Division of Experience-Based Learning & Career Education (ELCE) is working quickly and closely with CEAS programs to expand EEP options in every discipline.  EEPs are unpaid and approximately 250 total hours, and may lead to industry-recognized certifications. Talk to your co-op advisor about the EEP options available to you.  Your professors and past employers may also have advice about the value of the various trainings and certifications available in your field.

You can begin looking for EEP opportunities on the Career Education website.  However, new opportunities are under development, so please stay in touch with your co-op advisor for the latest opportunities in your field.  

As long as you either have either 1) a remote co-op experience, 2) an EEP experience, or 3) a waiver of the summer 2020 co-op requirement, your graduation will not be delayed.  Talk to your co-op advisor about each of these paths.

Students may take up to a maximum of six credit hours of coursework during their co-op semester, if they have an approved petition to do.  If you are working at a co-op (whether full or part-time) this summer, you must confirm that the hours for the courses you wish to take will not conflict with the hours that your employer needs to you to work.  You should also consult with your academic advisor about your goals in taking a course off-schedule.  You can submit an e-Petition to take up to six credit hours of coursework during your co-op semester here (select “I want to take a course while on co-op” where prompted), and contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Students may not switch their co-op semester rotation simply because a desired co-op position is not available, or not available remotely.  Allowing a large number of students to change co-op rotations would have several adverse effects, including:

  1. It would overwhelm course enrollment in the current semester, potentially crowding out students who are on their planned academic semester, and
  2. It would cause an unnecessarily high number of students to seek co-ops in the following semester, making all students’ job searches more difficult and competitive. 

If you do not have a co-op position for your planned co-op semester, talk to your co-op advisor about remote research or EEP opportunities in your field, or about requesting a co-op waiver.