Co-Op Work Patterns

There are three traditional work patterns when applying for the Co-op Program. Each work pattern is designed to consider your academics, as well as the employers’ co-op work assignments. Although one of the following work patterns is most preferred; however, it is suggested to consider all three patterns when seeking a co-op opportunity.

Traditional Co-op Work Patterns

Alternate Pattern – Students alternate between a full-time co-op assignment (approximately 35-40 hours per week) one semester and attend school full-time the following semester. This is a typical work pattern for engineering majors or students working for large organizations.

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 35-40 hours per week for the fall semester. Student A returns to campus as a full-time student for the spring semester.

Alternate Pattern (Civil) - Students work consecutively back-to-back semesters on a full-time co-op assignment for approximately 35-40 hours per week each semester. This is a typical work pattern for civil engineering and construction management majors due to field work or local travel.

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 35-40 hours per week for the summer and fall semester. Student A returns to XYZ Company as a full-time student for the spring semester. 

Parallel Pattern – Students have a co-op assignment part-time for approximately 20-25 hours per week and register for at least 6 academic credit hours (part-time status).

Example: Student A is employed with XYZ Company for approximately 20-25 hours per week for the fall semester. Student A is registered for 6 credit hours (2 evening classes).