ProTrack & Co-Op Information for Faculty & Staff

Cooperative Education offers students the opportunity to get academic credit for major-related work experiences.  Students can co-op full time Fall, Spring or Summer semesters for a single semester, back-to-back semesters or even work part time while studying full time (parallel).  

What we need from you in your role as an Academic Advisor:

  • Please discuss the opportunity with the student. They are likely to be both nervous and excited to have the opportunity to experience the practical application of their classroom learning!
  • Your recommendation is needed to allow the student to register for co-op credit.  When advising a student about their decision to co-op full time, please review the student’s academic flow chart and advise about required course offerings in future semesters to let the student know if s/he will be out of sequence when they return, thus delaying their graduation date.  You will also be assigning a Pass/Fail grade to the student upon receiving their Final Report and Employer Evaluation (the Co-op Advisor will send you these assignments). 
  • For information about the Enrollment and Registration processes, please follow this link: How to Enroll in Co-op and Register for Credit.
  • Eligibility Requirements: There are some variations in eligibility for students based on their standing.  Please make sure to check these items when you are approving a co-op:

Eligibility Requirements for the ProTrack Co-op Program for:

Undergraduate Students:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking student at FIT
  • Good academic standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 earned at FIT
  • Satisfactorily completed at least 24 GPA credit hours by his/her desired work term
  • Completed a minimum number of courses in his/her academic major recommended by your department

Graduate Students:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking student at FIT
  • Good academic standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 earned at FIT
  • Satisfactorily completed at least one full-time semester at FIT as a graduate student
  • Completed a minimum number of courses in his/her academic major recommended by your department

International Students:
To participate in the co-op program, international students must meet the requirements listed above plus:

  • Be in a program of study and maintain a lawful F1 or J1 student visa status for at least nine months before beginning a co-op position
  • Attend a CPT workshop, hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
  • In addition to approval from the Career Management Services office and the student’s academic department, international students must receive work authorization from ISSS
  • Apply to the ISSS office for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before each co-op work term. Students must not begin working off campus before receiving CPT authorization. For further questions regarding work eligibility/authorization for international students, please contact the International Student Services