Cooperative Education

Internships And Co-Op

Getting work experience related to your major or field of study can be a great way to apply the skills and techniques you've learned in class in a real work environment and help clarify your career goals. Internships are a great way for current students to gain a competitive edge when it comes to landing a job after graduation. Career Services provides assistance to students seeking major-related work experiences and also administers the Cooperative Education, or "Co-op," Program, which allows undergrads to gain academic elective credit for their semesterly work experiences.

What Is An Internship?

An internship is a major-related work experience offered to active college students. They are usually offered over the duration of one academic semester and can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and may or may not be for academic credit. A summer job, volunteer experience, or community service position that is related to your field of study could also be considered an internship. The main qualifying factor of any internship is gaining demonstrative experience related to your field of study.

What Is A Co-Op?

Florida Tech undergraduate students have the option of turning their work or internship experience into academic credit by applying and registering for Co-op at the start of the semester in which they're working (Co-ops cannot be applied for retroactively). Undergraduate Co-ops offer 1, 2, or 3 elective credits per semester based off the quantity of hours worked by the student (full time, or 35+ hours a week, earns 3 credits). 

Students are permitted to work full- or part-time any semester, for a single semester, or back-to-back semesters. Students maintain their full-time student status in Fall and Spring by working full-time.  Students can continue to work for local companies throughout the school year when their schedules permit.

Co-op at Florida Tech is an optional program and is available for every major, with appropriate departmental approvals.