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Career Education Center

The Career Education Center offers many services to help undergraduates, graduates and alumni in making career choices appropriate to their personal goals. Participation in Center services can help students systematically plan for a successful career future and assist graduates and alumni advance or change their careers. Center services include cooperative education, career advising, career development courses, senior placement assistance, alumni services and student employment.

Dean: Sheryl McGriff
Office: 109 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1017
Fax: (313) 993-1029
Email: careerlink@udmercy.edu

Assistant Dean: Peg Pierce
Office: 137 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1447
Fax: (313) 993-1029
Email: careerlink@udmercy.edu

Career Advising

Career planning plays an essential role in the initial phase of career development. The Center offers a series of programs to provide students with pertinent information and effective decision-making skills that will assist them in their personal career/goal setting process. Through participation in career development courses, one-on-one career planning sessions, workshops, skills assessments and special employer networking opportunities such as career fairs and special career networking opportunities students can explore various career opportunities. Students can utilize the Center’s website and resource library to access a comprehensive reference collection of company literature, educational guides, self-help publications and career information resources.

Career and Job Search Services

Career and job search assistance is available to graduating seniors. Services include workshops and seminars, one-on-one job search planning sessions, practice interviews, campus interviewing and an opportunity to participate in local and regional job fairs. A computerized resume referral service is available along with access to a database of current job postings from local, regional and national organizations. Selected resources are also made available to alumni.

Student Employment Services

Students interested in part-time and full-time off-campus job opportunities may utilize the Center’s online database system to view current job postings in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Students may also utilize the database system to learn about on campus positions available through the Office of Financial Aid.

Cooperative Education

UDM Cooperative Education (Co-op), has been in existence since 1911, Co-op links academic learning with workplace experience to provide students with an education that has career relevance. Co-op gives students a chance to obtain practical work experience relative to their major and career goals before graduation. Students alternate their academic programs with terms of paid training in business, industry, healthcare and government.

Most UDM students are eligible to participate in co-op. The program is mandatory for Engineering, Architecture and Nursing students. Co-op assignments normally run concurrent with the University academic term beginning in January, May, and September. Work assignments are career specific. Students either “ALTERNATE” a full-time academic term with full-time co-op work assignments or “PARALLEL” part-time academic studies with part-time co-op work assignments.

Participation and Eligibility

All students in Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Engineering programs are required to participate in the cooperative education program as part of their graduation requirements. Architecture and Engineering students have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA requirement, Nursing students must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Students in Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Science and Health Services Administration may elect to participate in the cooperative education program if their overall GPA is 2.5 or above, and they obtain faculty authorization from the school/college in their declared major.


Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 300) is the prerequisite for students to participate in the cooperative education program. This one credit, tuition free class prepares students for involvement in the cooperative education program. The course helps students develop a greater understanding of how their own interests, skills and values are used in the process of successful career decision-making and planning. As part of the course, students complete required paperwork, establish a relationship with their designated co-op coordinator and develop a clear plan for their co-op job search.

Transfer Students

Cooperative education in non-mandatory co-op programs is an option for students transferring into UDM. Students contemplating transferring to the University from another institution should contact a co-op coordinator and arrange an appointment to evaluate the student’s academic history and career goals for participation in cooperative education.

Adult and Graduate Students

Adult learners and Graduate students interested in a job change may also wish to take advantage of co-op through the traditional model of alternating or parallel assignments. Interested students should contact the Career Education Center for more information or to enroll in the program.

Co-op Student Responsibilities

  • Successfully complete with a grade of C or higher, CEC 300 no sooner than the first semester of sophomore year.
  • Participate in two (possibly three) full-time training assignments before graduation.
  • Complete 16 weeks of full-time co-op employment or 32 weeks of part-time co-op employment.
  • Meet with a faculty advisor to integrate cooperative education and course planning.
  • While on alternating co-op, take no more than six credit hours during the term without consulting their academic dean and co-op coordinator. Course work and work responsibilities should never interfere with each other.
  • Complete all academic assignments and evaluation forms as part of the co-op assignment grade. Requirements may vary depending on the co-op assignment.
  • Keep the co-op coordinator abreast of any changes in the co-op assignment.
  • Architecture and Engineering students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. All other undergraduate programs must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA, and graduate students, a 3.0 GPA.
  • Schedule “send-off” interview with co-op coordinator prior to each assignment, “exit” interview at assignment completion and “transition” interview at completion of co-op program.
  • Adhere to policies of the co-op employer and the regulations of UDM catalog and the CEC’s co-op handbook.
  • Participate in seminars as required.
  • Pay the requisite participation fee for each co-op assignment. ($600 alternating/$300 parallel).

Co-op Portfolio Credit

Many transfer and returning adult students have spent considerable time in the work world and have experience that could be considered comparable to the co-op experience. These students have the option of submitting a “co-op portfolio” to document these experiences for consideration to fulfill the co-op requirement. For more information regarding the co-op portfolio credit, contact the Career Education Center. Please refer to the individual school/college listings for the specific requirements for participation in cooperative education.

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