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Program Information

Student Applicant Roadmap

Interest Meeting

  • Attending one interest meeting is required to apply to the Co-op Program.
  • Dates and times can be found here.
Co-op Application
  • Engineering students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA and be in-major before they go to work.
  • The Co-op Application link is sent to you after attending one interest meeting.
Co-op & Internship Interview Days
  • Co-op employers are invited to campus to connect directly with prospective co-op students.
  • Interview Days occur every fall and spring semester.
  • Interviews are scheduled before the event takes place. Students can start scheduling interviews as soon as their resume, transcript, and Co-op Alternation Schedule are uploaded to Handshake.
Job Offers
  • Students typically receive job offers within 2-3 weeks after the interview.
  • Job offers are for 3 semesters of work rotations at the same company.

Example Co-op Alternation Schedule:

Semester

Plan A

Plan B

Plan C

2nd year - Fall

School

School

School

2nd year - Spring

Work

School

School

2nd year - Summer

School

Work

*

3rd year - Fall

Work

School

Work

3rd year - Spring

School

Work

School

3rd year - Summer

Work

School

Work

4th year - Fall

School

Work

School

4th year - Spring

School

School

Work

4th year - Summer

*

*

*

5th year - Fall

School

School

School

5th year - Spring

School

School

School

*Optional Semester for co-op work, school, study abroad, internship, etc.

 

Co-op Average Salary (2021-2022): $19.83

1st term: $19.13

2nd term: $19.93

3rd+ term: $20.83

 

Co-op Work Term Calendar:

Summer 2022 (12 weeks)

Report to Work       Monday, May 9

Evaluations Due     Friday, July 29

Work Term Ends     Friday, August 5


Fall 2022
 (20 weeks)

Report to Work     Monday, August 8

Evaluations Due    Friday, December 2

Work Term Ends    Friday, December 23

 

Spring 2023 (20 weeks)

Report to Work     Monday, January 9

Evaluations Due    Friday, April 21

Work Term Ends    Friday, May 5

 

Summer 2023  (12 weeks)

Report to Work     Monday, May 8

Evaluations Due    Friday, July 28

Work Term Ends    Friday, August 4

Students will participate in a 3-semester rotation (typically a Fall, Spring, and Summer semester) for a total of 52 weeks, equivalent to 1 year of experience prior to graduation.

 

Work & School Rotations

  • Housing
    • Co-op students are responsible for their own housing costs; however, some companies may offer housing stipends or provide housing for students.
  • Salary
    • All co-op positions are paid an average salary of $19.50/hour.
  • During work rotations, students will register for COOP 4920. Students in work rotations do not pay tuition but pay a $100 course fee to maintain student enrollment status at Auburn.
    • During these work terms, scholarships are placed on hold and all students are still eligible for football tickets (with an extra fee). Throughout this whole process, students will receive support from Co-op staff.
    • Please review these scholarship FAQs for co-op students.
  • Requirements for Each Co-op Term
    • You must enroll in COOP 4920 course each work term
    • You must work for the same employer for 3 semesters
    • You must complete the SkillSurvey evaluation after each work term
    • You must complete a rotation verification survey each semester
SkillSurvey
  • Following completion of each work term, students will complete self-evaluations of their performance, and supervisors are required to evaluate their students as well.
  • The SkillSurvey assessment is a valuable tool that allows students to obtain feedback from multiple managers and co-workers regarding soft skill development.
  • This evaluation tool was developed based on the 8 NACE Career Ready Competencies, which have been determined by recruiters of college students as the 8 most desired soft skills in new college graduates.
  • Refer to this page to better understand your career competencies.
Co-op Send-Off Meeting
  • All students who have accepted co-op positions are required to attend a Co-op Send-Off Meeting at the end of the semester in which the student accepts a co-op position. At this meeting, students will receive helpful guidance for having a successful co-op work experience.
T-shirt, Certificate, and Honor Cord Pick Up
  • Once the student completes their evaluation, co-op students receive the Co-op T-Shirt after each work term
  • A diploma-sized certificate and honor cord will also be awarded to go alongside the graduation diploma. This Co-op Diploma must be requested in the semester in which the student graduates. The Co-op Program staff will contact you to order your Co-op Diploma.

 

 

Senior Co-op Status and Graduation
Once you have completed all required work semesters, the Co-op Office maintains your records in what is referred to as the "Fifth Year" co-op status until graduation. Upon successful completion of all 3 co-op work semesters, in addition to your university diploma, you will be eligible to receive a Cooperative Education Certificate during the semester you apply for graduation. The certificate is a great companion piece to your diploma.
The fee of the Co-op Certificate is $15.00 (cost is subject to change) and is ordered through the Co-op Office at the beginning of your graduation semester. At the time you receive your certificate you will be asked to complete a survey form which is used for the purpose of receiving constructive appraisal of the program from co-op graduates.
Employers of co-op students understand that, unless you have agreed otherwise, you are free to pursue professional opportunities at graduation time with any employer of your choice. You are not obligated to return to work with your co-op employer after graduation; however, we recommend that you give your co-op employer serious consideration since you have built valuable experience, reputation, and fringe benefit time with them.
As a co-op graduate, you will be more than a regular graduate. The co-op graduate is special. You will be a product of many efforts by Auburn University, the Co-op Program, your employer, and your own self-application. You will have become a proven, experienced, self-assured graduate.