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CO-OP Program

AUC Career Center is collaborating with AUC School of Business to provide the students with the opportunity to complete a CO-OP experience at one of the carefully selected host entities for the duration of six months under the supervision of one of the faculty members.

What is a CO-OP? 

Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is a pre-graduation experiential learning course that complements the academic education in the classroom with real-world on-the-job training. The course offers students the opportunity to have long-term hands-on experience at host entities with a set of challenging responsibilities that are directly linked to the student's field of study. For employers, the program gives them the chance to meet short-term recruitment needs, spot future talent and contribute to students’ skills and career development.

Why Join CO-OP Program?

The CO-OP program is advantageous for host entities as it helps them:  

  • Manage Special Projects: Additional CO-OP resource offers employers the opportunity to meet short-term hiring needs and manage special projects in a cost-effective way.

  • Identify Potential Talent: Gaining exclusive access to a pool of highly talented students enables employers to spot talent and test their potential for full-time positions.

  • Enhance Employer Brand: Through this unique university partnership, hosts get the chance to promote and enhance their employer brand on-campus among their target pool of students.


Program Features

    • The CO-OP provides a significantly longer interaction with the host entity.
    • Participating students are pre-screened by the university and are admitted to the program based on high academic achievement, strong extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated work ethics.
    • A supervising faculty mentor will guide the students throughout the CO-OP journey.
    • The CO-OP is co-graded by the faculty and the employer.
  • Hosts can include multinational corporations, startups, financial institutions, governmental entities, professional services firms, think tanks, local/international economic and monetary bodies, non-profit organizations, and other entities.

    During the CO-OP experience hosts are expected to provide:

    • Challenging assignments and projects that are relevant to student’s field of study.
    • Sufficient training and supervision to the CCO-OP student.
    • Reasonable monthly compensation.
    • On-site visit for the CO-OP coordinator and the faculty instructor.
    • Written evaluation of the student’s performance.

     

     

  • Selected students are required to have a class standing of at least junior (third year) at the start of the CO-OP, a GPA of at least 3.2 at the time of application, and are preferred to have a previous internship experience.

    The program is currently offered by the School of Business to six undergraduate programs namely:

    • Bachelor of Accounting 
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management of Information and Communication Technology
    • Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Bachelor of Business in Finance
    • Bachelor of Business in Marketing
  • Students will be engaged on a full-time basis with the CO-OP host for six months and have two possible time windows; spring and summer (February – July) or fall and winter (August – January). 

  • During CO-OP experience, students should be assigned specific tasks relevant to their fields of study providing realistic on-the-job training. Participants are then co-evaluated on key learning objectives by an academic faculty and the student’s supervisor at the host counterpart ultimately yielding a pass/fail grade. To pass the course, students must achieve at least 65%. Grade components are as follows:

    • Student Logbook (10%): in which students report their weekly tasks and record their hours.
    • Student Self Evaluation (20%): Students will reflect on the skills, competencies, and overall experience attained throughout their engagement at the host organization.
    • Employer Evaluation (35%): Employers will reflect the performance of the hosted student in terms of both technical skills, work ethics, and responsibility.
    • CO-OP Presentation (35%): Students will present their CO-OP experience to a committee of faculty instructors and representatives of the host organization.
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    Fall/Winter

    Spring/Summer

    Announce Co-Op positions

    March - April

    September - October

    Conduct interviews

    May - June

    November - December

    Work term duration

    August - January

    February - July