C ooperative E ducation P rogram Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a unique academic program at The University of Alabama designed to integrate studentsâ€™ academic studies with professional work experience in partnering business, industry or government agencies. Students alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid practical work experience related to their major or career interest. Students often begin their first work period either the summer or fall after their freshman year. Transfer students are eligible to begin work after one semester in
residence. Students then alternate semesters of work and school until the completion of three semesters (a fall, spring and summer term). While in school, students carry regular course schedules. While on Co-op, they work with professionals in their fields who supervise their training and work. Students maintain their full-time student status while at work (scholarships and financial aid are deferred to next academic term) and have priority registration status each semester through graduation.
P rofessional P ractice I nternship P rogram The Professional Practice Program (PP) is a unique option available for a single full-time semester work experience or some other distinctive experience not met by an established divisional internship program. To qualify as Professional Practice, the opportunity must exist in a nonsummer semester (fall or spring). Students must secure approval from their academic department and submit a completed application for consideration. Upon approval students must enroll in an appropriate PP class to maintain full-time student status.
S tudents Why Co-op? Why Professional Practice? Cooperative Education and Professional Practice Programs provide an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience related to their academic major or career interests. Students acquire important careerrelated skills while alternating periods of full-time study with periods of fulltime employment.
By combining your studies with practical work experience, you can: • Gain valuable career-related experience • Earn competitive salaries to assist with education expenses • Evaluate career choices while working in your chosen field • Integrate classroom theory with professional practice • Build a network of professionals in the field of study • Enhance employment opportunities and secure higher salaries upon graduation Students from all academic disciplines at The University of Alabama may participate. Applicants to the program must have a minimum 2.2 grade point average and submit a completed application packet for consideration.
“UA’s Co-op Program was a life saver. Getting the real world experience that others don’t have is really going to help my future, and the fact that I get paid at the same time is incredible!” — Austin Davis, Senior Mechanical Engineering Student From Dothan, AL
E mployers Partnering with The University of Alabama Cooperative Education and Professional Practice Program provides an opportunity to develop talented employees for the future of your organization. Our program incorporates students’ academic curriculum with professional work experience in business, industry or government agencies. Students in the program are among the best and brightest and have included Goldwater and Hollings scholars along with USA Today Academic All-Americans. Participation in the program can benefit your organization through: • Reduced future training costs associated with potential employees. • Providing an internal infusion of ideas, methods and creativity, while assisting professionals with demanding work load. • Higher visibility and overall presence on UA’s campus. • Accessibility to top ranked college graduates by early identification, evaluation and development.
“The UA Co-op Program is a great way to gain valuable work experience related to your field of study. It’s also a great way to earn money and help pay for school.” — David Moore, Sophomore Electrical Engineering Student From Bessemer, AL
Cooperative Education and Professional Practice Program The University of Alabama 317 Houser Hall Box 870200 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0200 http://coop.eng.ua.edu
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