Co-Op: Cooperative Education

  • Career Services Cooperative Education Information

    What is Cooperative Education?

    Cooperative education is a learning approach that combines academic studies with work experience that is related to a student’s program of study. Cooperative education offers an opportunity to enhance the student’s total learning experience through a paid or non-paid assignment to a supervised work setting.

    What are the Eligibility Requirements?
    • A student must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Spartanburg Community College
    • A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
    • A student must have approval from the appropriate faculty co-op advisor
    How does the Student Benefit?
    • Expands learning beyond the classroom
    • Applies new skills and experiences to classroom instruction
    • Gains academic credit toward graduation
    • Develops professional work and human relations skills
    • Grows in self-confidence, maturity and judgment
    How does the Employer Benefit?
    • Cost-effective recruitment and training of potential career employees
    • Access to pre-screened, motivated students with a wide range of skills
    • Increased employee retention
    • Low-risk supervisory experience for present employees
    • An opportunity to participate in and influence the educational process
    How does the College Benefit?
    • Increases community support
    • Keeps education current with employer needs
    • Increases equipment availability to co-op student
    • Assists with placement of graduates


    Students: Apply for a co-op or internship by contacting the Career Services Office (see phone numbers and more information to the left). 


    Employers: Share information about a new co-op or internship opportunity with your company or organization by contacting the Career Services Office