For Students

Co-op provides you with an opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom with real work experiences (paid or non-paid) while earning academic credit.

What are the benefits for the students participating in co-op?

You will:

  • learn from professionals
  • develop contacts in your field
  • build confidence
  • earn academic credit.

Eligibility Requirements

Co-op students must have:

  • successfully completed three (or four) curriculum-related courses
  • a minimum of 27 credits
  • a G.P.A. of 2.0. or better.

Participation Requirements:

All co-op students must:

  • intern at least for 10 hours each week (or a minimum of 150 hours) in a supervised position related to your major
  • attend a weekly 50-minute seminar, which includes discussion of topics related to success on the job and career exploration

Important Facts:

  • Day, evening, and online seminar sections are available
  • Not all co-op placements are paid positions
  • If you currently work in a job related to your major, it is possible to convert it into a co-op placement
  • Students cannot receive co-op credits for prior work experience
  • The co-op staff will work diligently on your behalf, but cannot guarantee placements
  • Students must attend a co-op orientation to participate

Interested students should plan to attend a co-op orientation.

Contact Information

Andrea Picard, Coordinator of Experiential Education
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000