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Co-op/Internships Facts



  • When students decide to attend college, both the parents and the students have an ultimate purpose in mind: to gain an education and to find gainful employment upon graduation. Cooperative Education is one of the programs that assists the university in meeting the goals of our students and their parents.
  • Approximately 40% - 50% of the students who participate in co-op are offered permanent employment with their co-op employer. They also receive more job offers from other employers.
  • A degree is no longer enough in today's job market. Often students who did not co-op prior to graduation return to the Co-op Office seeking co-op experience as a senior with a degree.
  • Research in the Journal of Cooperative Education has found that, upon graduation, students who co-op have starting salaries that are significantly higher than non-co-op graduating seniors.
  • In the 2016-17 academic year, the average salary for EKU Co-op students was $14.10 per hour and the average salary for the interns was $10.76.   The salary range of EKU Co-op students is $7.25 to $55.16 per hour depending on major.

  •  All six colleges participate in the Co-op/Internship (Applied Learning) Program; however, not all majors participate in the program.
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