Cooperative Education Guide

Welcome to The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

Cooperative Education is a structured academic program designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom studies to work experience related to major or career goals.

WHAT IS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION?

Cooperative Education is a structured academic program designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom studies to paid or unpaid work experience related to major or career goals.

Cooperative Education Program Courses
Available for fall and spring semesters!

Consider registering for 1 or all Co-op courses and gain:

JOB READINESS SKILLS (resume, interview, co-op/job search)
WORK EXPERIENCE in your Career Field
ACADEMIC CREDIT to complete your degree
 

COOP 101 INTRODUCTION TO CAREER PRACTICES      1 CREDIT/1 Hr.
This course is designed to prepare students in setting personal and career goals; development of effective resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and job-search skills & strategies. Instruction will include legal and ethical considerations for Co-operative employment. This course will be graded pass/fail.

Tuesday 3:30PM- 4:30PM

COOP 102 PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE I      1 CREDIT 10hrs./wk (140 total hrs. min.) This course is designed to provide students with entry-level work experience related to the field of study. Students will gain clarity of career goals and an understanding of workplace culture and workplace competencies. This course will be graded pass/fail.

PRE-REQUISITES

Pre/Co: COOP 101 & Acceptance by the Cooperative Education Committee.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PARTICIPATING MAJORS AT HCC

  • Accounting
  • Aging & Health Studies
  • *Business Management
  • Community Health
  • Digital Design & Animation
  • Digital Music
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Office Technology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Interest Paralegal Studies*
  • Liberal Arts

*Business Management and Liberal Arts majors register for COOP 101, 102 and/or 103
(see schedule of classes)

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COOPERATIVE EDUCATION?

Cooperative Education is available to matriculated students in participating majors who are in good academic standing and meet all eligibility requirements to enroll in internship or field experience course.

BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

  • Earn academic credit and gain relevant experience.
  • Enhance resume and career portfolio.
  • Improve understanding of academic material.
  • Potential long-range employment offers.
  • Competitive edge in job market.
  • Sharpen skills.
  • Network with experienced professionals.

Cooperative Education Support Services

  • Co-op Placement: Prepare for co-op opportunity search, create a professional portfolio, and receive instruction on how to successfully work in program.
  • Interview Preparation: Mock interview assistance before conducting interviews with co-op employers.
  • Career Resource Lab: Access multi-media career software and exploration materials.
  • Co-op Seminars: Specialized presentations to orient students to cooperative education.
  • Dressed for Success Clothes Closet: Access to appropriate interview attire and professional clothing at no cost.
  • Post co-op employment search assistance: Invitations to annually scheduled Career/Job Fairs and individualized assistance with job placement.

STEPS TO PARTICIPATING IN COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

  1. Complete prerequisites for department internship course.
  2. Obtain Co-op faculty member approval to register for internship course.
  3. Pre-register for internship course.
  4. Attend scheduled cooperative education orientation seminar/workshops.
  5. Schedule an appointment with Field Experience Counselor to apply to co-op positions.
  6. Contact Career Services after accepting a co-op offer.

WHAT'S NEXT?

CONTACT US

Co-op Staff

Cooperative Education Coordinator
Yolanda Soto
(718) 518-4403
ysoto@hostos.cuny.edu

Employment Readiness Coach
Stacia Maynard
(718) 518-4427
smaynard@hostos.cuny.edu

Director of Career Services
Lisanette Rosario
(718) 518-4468
lrosario@hostos.cuny.edu


This program is made possible with funds from the
New York State Education Department Carl D.
Perkins IV Vocational and Technical Education Program.