||Are Co-op and Internship positions paid?|
|Yes, all Co-op and Internship positions are paid. The Career and Counseling Center will provide students with unpaid internship opportunities; however, we will not automatically refer your resume to those positions.|
|2.||How can I work and still be considered a student?|
|By registering for a full-time SPSU Co-op, you retain your full-time student status (even if you are not taking any additional classes/credits). When completing a full-time assignment, student loans do not become due and those covered by family health insurance will not be dropped.|
|3.||Can I co-op during the summers only?|
|No. Students who enter the co-op program sign an agreement to fulfill a commitment of three or more alternating work periods. You should not enter the program unless you plan to fulfill this agreement.|
|4.||Can I change employers during my co-op?|
|TOP||No. The only time this is allowed is if you change to another field of study or your original employer can no longer employ you due to circumstances beyond your control.|
|5.||How long will it take me to complete school if I co-op?|
|That will depend on you. The requirement of the Co-op program is that you be registered full-time while in school so if you only take a minimum of 12 credit hours while in school you will delay graduation longer than the average of one year.|
|6.||Can I develop my own co-op job?|
|Yes, if the work is related to the student's major and the employer has agreed with the policies of the Co-op program and
registers with the Center.
|7.||Are transfer students eligible for the Co-op Program?|
|Yes. Transfer students may begin interviewing during their first semester at SPSU if they meet all eligibility requirements.|
|8.||Will I receive any special recognition for completing the Co-op Program?|
|TOP||Yes. Your co-op work experience is a permanent part of your transcript. You are awarded a co-op seal on your diploma upon graduation.|
|9.||How much does it cost to participate?|
|There is no additional cost to participate in the Co-op program. Co-op involvement is documented on your transcript as “non-contact credit hours” so students do not pay any additional fees.|
|10.||How do I get a co-op job?|
|11.||Can I take classes while working as a co-op?|
|Students can take a maximum of 2 classes during their Co-op work semester. Students should not plan to take classes during
their 1st Co-op rotation to allow time to adjust to the demands of their new position with the employer.
|12.||Can I get financial aid during my co-op work semester?|
|TOP||Contact the Office of Financial Aid and tell them your situation. Be sure to let them know you will be on your Co-op work
semester. They will advise you as to any aid you might be eligible for if you are also enrolled in classes (maximum of 2).
|13.||What happens if I change my major while I'm participating in the Co-op Program?|
|The Co-op should contact the Co-op Coordinator immediately. The Co-op program allows and encourages students to evaluate their academic decisions throughout their co-op experience. Many employers are versatile and understanding of this process and will often allow the co-op to continue working in another department provided there is an opening.|
|14.||I'm an International student. Can I apply for the Co-op Program?|
|International students are not currently authorized to participate in the Co-op program based on INS rules. They are however
eligible for the Internship program.
|15.||Who handles housing arrangements if I'm not working in the Atlanta-metro area?|
|Housing arrangements are usually worked out between the student and the employer; however, this is not a guaranteed benefit provided by every employer. Students who have difficulty finding cost effective housing should communicate that with the employer and the Co-op Coordinator.|
|16.||Can I talk with a staff member about the Co-op Program?|
|TOP||Yes. The office is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday. The
university is closed on Friday's during the summer term as an energy conservation initiative.