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Program Requirements

Participating Majors
The Co-op Program will work with any student or program wishing to set a co-op work experience, but co-op positions are typically only available for students in Engineering, Building Science, Supply Chain Management, Business, and related disciplines.

Entry Requirements
  • Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA to interview for co-op positions.
  • Engineering students must be in-major before starting a co-op job.

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the 2.5 minimum before completion of the program will be reviewed by Co-op Program staff for continuation in the program.

In order to enter the Co-op Program, you must complete these steps:
1. Attend one Interest Meeting
2. Complete the Co-op Application
3. Meet with your Co-op Coordinator
4. Complete alternation schedule
5. Upload resume and transcript to Handshake
6. Attend Handshake training
7. Attend Co-op and Internship Interview Day

You will also be enrolled in a non-academic Co-op Ready Canvas course to guide you through this process after submitting your Co-op Application.


Fees and Financial Information

  • Co-op Fees: Student fees for the co-op program include a one-time $45 application fee and a $100 course fee for each work semester. The application fee is charged after the student completes the Alternation Schedule and is approved to apply for co-op positions. Students who do not meet the entrance requirements but apply to the program will not be charged. Students do not pay tuition during work semesters.
  • Scholarships: The Office of University Scholarships works with students to defer appropriate scholarships when students are completing co-op work terms. Please review this FAQ page for more information on this process.
  • Meal Plans: Students can request an exemption from meal plans for each work semester using this online form.
  • Housing: Co-op students who need to request termination of their Auburn on-campus housing contract due to a co-op work semester may use this link.  

Job Searching and Interviewing
Co-op and Internship Interview Day is offered once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. During this event, students and employers participate in a series of interviews in order to find the best fit for each student and company.

Here are some helpful interview tips and tricks to help you land a job!

All co-op positions are posted on the University's online job search platform, Handshake. Your co-op coordinator will show you how to find and apply for these positions.


Co-op Work Term Requirements

  • Enroll in COOP 4920 for each work term.
  • Maintain employment with the same co-op employer for each of the 3 work semesters.
  • Complete the end-of-term evaluation sent by the Co-op Program staff.
  • Complete a Rotation Verification to confirm your plans for the following semester.