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Work Experience for Academic Credit

Keys to Workplace Success   


 Relevant experience      Earn academic credit      Clarify career goals

It's a win-win for student, employer, & community!

Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op) is an educational program which combines classroom learning with supervised practical work experience (internships).  Co-op is a course that results in two to five credit hours in a 2-year degree or certificate program, and is available for both transfer and technical students.  It may  be an elective or a required course in the academic program, and it does transfer to a university as part of the 2-year core program.  

Co-op internships are made possible by a strong partnership between the student, employer, and Collin College.  
Job search assistance is available or you may use your current, related  job with Co-op's approval.    

Students experience your career field!

        Co-op Eligibility:

  • Completed one semester at Collin and currently enrolled
  • Declared in a degree or certificate program
  • GPA of 2.5 or better & completed up to 9 credit hours in your major
  • Co-enrolled in minimum of one 3-hour credit course while in Co-op

      Course Requirements:

  • Work 320 total hours in 16 weeks (summer varies)
  • Prepare and execute 5 competencies based goals on the job
  • Attend 16 hours of Professional Development Seminars
  • Submit 3-5 page Reflection Paper

Getting Started:

   Step 1:Submit Student Inquiry Card
   Step 2: Contact

Co-op enrolls students every month and accepts Employer Requests 
anytime - not only at main semesters!

Co-op employers have included: JCPenney, Marriott Hotels, Country Wide Home Loans, STMicroelectronics, Fossil Studios, Texas Instruments, Holiday Inns, AMS Production Group, Renaissance, Sodexho, and Ruth Chris Steak House

Looking for Seminars???
Visit our new Online Seminar page


  • Profit from fresh ideas, eager learners
  • Reduce hiring and training costs
  • Increase employee retention
  • Build effective employees, your way
  • No fees/pre-screening to job qualifications


  • Become a partner-in-training with faculty and students
  • Guarantee 320 work hours in 16 week semester. (summer semester varies)
  • Provide supervised training environment and cooperative supervisor
  • Validate work hours and complete student performance review
  • Join in 2 faculty on-site visits

Employer Request for Co-op Student