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.
- 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.
Announce Co-Op positions
March - April
September - October
May - June
November - December
Work term duration
August - January
February - July