History of EKU Co-op Program
Eastern Kentucky University began the Cooperative Education Program in 1973. Since then our program has grown tremendously with over 31,000 students participating and over 5,000 employers associated with our program. We work closely with thirty-five Co-op Coordinators within each of the five colleges at the university.
Eastern Kentucky University's Co-op Program is the first accredited in the state of Kentucky by the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education. We offer both Co-op and Internship opportunities.
As an educational concept, we define the Co-op program as "a method of study that incorporates career-related work experience into the curriculum." The practical application of this concept is that students work in jobs directly related to their majors and future careers while gaining real life work experience, obtaining a salary, and acquiring college credit. This program has become increasingly popular along with the rapidly escalating trend of college degrees alone not being enough to secure a job after graduation. Our program allows students to gain career-related, professional work experience before graduation.
Our Co-op program is flexible. Students have a choice between working multiple semesters in the alternating, parallel and/or combination Co-op plans.
- The alternating plan consists of rotating semesters spent working at a co-op job with semesters taking classes on campus.
- The parallel plan allows the student to enroll in classes and to work part-time each semester.
- The special plan allows the student to work a combination of parallel and alternating.
In addition to the Co-op Program, we offer Internships (Applied Learning). Students in the internship portion of the program will receive credit under Applied Learning.
- Like Co-op, internships allow students to gain work experience directly related to their major or career goals.
- Students who participate in the Internship (Applied Learning) Program must follow the same guidelines in the Student Handbook.