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Cooperative education (co-op) is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student's academic or career goals. Co-op provides progressive experiences integrating theory and practice. Co-op is a partnership between students, the university and the employer, with specified responsibilities for each party.
Co-op at University of Detroit Mercy
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 in the undergraduate cooperative education program is a privilege extended to those students who meet certain criteria and who demonstrate through their initial academic work their ability. Students must be “full-time” matriculating students carrying a minimum of twelve (12) academic credit hours per fall and winter semester and majoring in a discipline which allows cooperative education in the curriculum.
Students must successfully complete the appropriate section Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 300) course in the appropriate time frame and meet the minimum grade point average requirement. The CEC provides opportunities for students to network with employers to secure co-op experience via job postings on our online recruitment database TitanCareerLink (www.udmercy.edu/cecc), campus interviews, employer information sessions, sponsored career fairs and announcements about other area career networking events.
Because co-op integrates work with classroom trainings in non-required programs will not be allowed to enroll for co-op credit in the final semester of study.
Criteria for Participation (Required Programs)
Criteria for Participation (Non-Required Programs)
To earn academic credit, students must meet the criteria and follow guidelines articulated in the UDM Handbook for Cooperative Education before, during and after each co-op work term. The guidelines are reviewed in the required Preparation for Cooperative Education (CEC 3000) course.Undergraduate Credit by Portfolio
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.
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 the Career Education Center and arrange an appointment to evaluate the student’s academic history and career goals for participation in cooperative education.
Student Employment Services is coordinated by the Financial Aid Office. Work-study and Non Work-study job opportunities are posted on: TitanCareerLink
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