Co-op Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain real-world job experience while continuing to pursue a degree here on campus – and get paid for it? If so, the North Carolina State University Cooperative Education Program may be for you!

The lifelong benefits of Cooperative Education go beyond those you’d receive at a summer internship or working a part-time job that’s completely unrelated to what you’re studying here at NC State.

If you meet the program entry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to apply with companies in your field that will invest in the education and training you’ll receive during alternate semesters of full-time study and full-time work experience. Program participants average more than $18 per hour!

“Many employers prefer to hire Co-op students because they get much more value from a student who will be for three work sessions, or approximately one year total, as opposed to a summer intern who will only be there a few weeks,” said Dr. Lisa Bullard, Director of undergraduate studies at NC State in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.Prior to her arrival on NC State’s campus, Bullard spent nine years at the Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), where she mentored and worked with Co-op students. “Employers make an investment in Co-op students.” she said. “They don’t have to catch these students up on the learning curve to the extent that they would if they had hired a group of new interns.”

About Co-op

Working part-time at the local pizzeria while in school isn’t a bad thing, but unless you’re majoring in restaurant hospitality, you might be more interested in finding a job that’s going to give you the …read more.


The NC State University Cooperative Education Program is open to all full-time students meeting the following requirements: You must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (or one semester for transfer students) You must …read more.


Students interested in Co-op are required to attend a Co-op Orientation Session. Attend the one which best meets your schedule. NOTE: F1 Visa students should attend the OIS Co-op CPT Session instead of the ones …read more.


Students apply to the NC State Cooperative Education Program by following these steps: Attend a Co-op orientation and submit a completed application to the Career Development Center, located at 2100 Pullen Hall. (located at the corner of …read more.

Deciding on Offers

Once you receive a job offer – or more than one – you’ll want to discuss it with your Co-op coordinator before making a decision. It’s your decision to accept any position you’ve been offered, …read more.

Once Hired

Listed below are the steps required to begin the co-op process correctly. This is your own personal guideline, but at anytime during the process you may contact your co-op coordinator if you have any questions. …read more.


Spring ’17 Monday, January 9- Report to Work/First Day of Classes Monday, February 6- Work Reports for Fall Semester Due Wednesday, May 10- Last Day of Exams Saturday, May 13- Graduation Friday, May 12*- Last …read more.


If you’re an employer searching for well-trained, well-qualified student employees to join you in the workplace, look no further than the NC State University Cooperative Education Program.   What is Co-op? As the largest Co-op …read more.