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?
- learn from professionals
- develop contacts in your field
- build confidence
- earn academic credit.
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.
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
- 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.
Andrea Picard, Coordinator of Experiential Education
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040