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ProTrack Co-op at Florida Tech
ProTrack Questions, Answered
Who can participate in the ProTrack Co-op?
The program is open to all incoming freshmen admitted into any of the outstanding degree programs offered by the College of Engineering. Students must earn a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to begin their respective co-op cycle during their second year, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA each year thereafter to remain in the program.
ProTrack students interested in one of our FastTrack Master's Degree programs are able and encouraged to participate. There's only one thing better than gaining a year of work experience while earning your bachelor's degree in four years, and that's earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in five.
Transfer students are most welcome to design a modified co-op curriculum in cooperation with their department and Career Management Services. Depending on credits previously earned, a transfer student may incorporate one or two co-op work experiences into their curriculum.
International students are able and encouraged to enroll in ProTrack. Those choosing this program should, however, carefully manage their co-op experiences to keep their total time of employment under 52 weeks so they do not risk losing the ability to pursue post degree practical training. International students must also realize that hiring decisions are made by the employer and that employment is not guaranteed. U.S. government security regulations often make the employment on non-citizens quite difficult. Contact Career Management Services for more information about what majors are most impacted by these regulations.
Athletes and ROTC cadets may pursue an alternative co-op or internship option, allowing them to complete the unique requirements of their respective programs while still gaining real-world work experience prior to graduation.
How much can a ProTrack student earn through the co-op experiences?
Students typically earn $12 to $30 an hour depending on class year and position/employer. On average, students have earned $7,680 in Co-op Experience 1, $10,240 in Co-op Experience 2 and $12,800 in Co-op Experience 3. That's over $30,000 over the course of the program.
Can I co-op if I'm not an engineering major?
Yes. While the ProTrack Co-op program is specifically designed to combine co-op with engineering curricula, students in science, business, aeronautics, psychology, communications, and the humanities can work with Career Management Services to find co-ops related to their major interests and career goals. Non-engineering students have completed co-ops, internships and temporary employment positions with many of our ProTrack Partners, as well as other educational and nonprofit organizations, media outlets, scientific and government agencies, and high-tech businesses. Whatever your major, you can get real-world experience related to your career goals at Florida Tech.
Where can I work?
Students work at a variety of exciting scientific and technical organizations including Harris Corporation, Microsoft, Google and more. Students may also work with Career Management Services to write up a co-op proposal to the company of their choice.
In order to ensure the strength and focus of its renowned academic programs, the College of Engineering provides academic advising for ProTrack students. Career Management Services coordinates all related cooperative education experiences (and other internships), working closely with students and their respective academic departments to enhance the overall learning experience. In addition, Career Management Services provides advising and training services designed to optimize the co-op experience and maximize the value of the relationship among students, employers and the university. Career Management Services is responsible for:
- advising employers on how to optimize their participation in ProTrack
- providing career related job opportunities for our students
- arranging for co-op on-campus recruiting interviews
- giving co-op orientation training and professional career guidance to students
- reporting official recognition of co-op completion on students' transcript
- providing feedback on employment trends to students and faculty