Community Cooperative Education Program

The Community Cooperative Education Program is a pillar of the Work and Learn Program that provides VWU students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience while networking with employers in the community. Additionally, students earn credit and income to contribute to their degree. Cooperative education enhances students’ professional and academic development and helps to prepare them for post-graduate careers.

To apply, please follow the link below, where you will be asked to submit a resume and answer a few short questions. After applying, you will be contacted by Jessica Harrington, Director of Career Development, with more information about the program and next steps.

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Program Structure and Timeline

  • Participating students will receive a $3,000 scholarship (tuition credit) per year.
  • Students are able to earn up to 12 credits for their participation (2 credits for INST 103 and 10 credits for fall, spring, and summer co-op experiences at one credit per semester).
  • Students participating in the program will be paid by the employer with whom they work.
  • Discounted summer tuition for courses at $150/credit hour.

Fall of First Year

  • Student takes INST 103
  • Meets with Career Development office
  • Finds spring co-op placement

Spring of First Year

  • Student works at co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course
  • Meets with Financial Aid and Career Development offices

Summer of First Year

  • Student works at co-op 20-40 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Fall of Sophomore Year

  • Student works at co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course
  • Meets with Career Development office

Spring of Sophomore Year

  • Student works at co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course
  • Meets with Financial Aid and Career Development offices
  • Student works with Career Development office to obtain a major-specific co-op placement

Summer of Sophomore Year

  • Student works at co-op 20-40 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Fall of Junior Year

  • Student takes INST 300
  • Meets with Career Development office
  • Student works at major-specific co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Spring of Junior Year

  • Meets with Financial Aid and Career Development offices
  • Student works at major-specific co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Summer of Junior Year

  • Student works at major-specific co-op 20-40 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Fall of Senior Year

  • Meets with Career Development office
  • Student works at major-specific co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Spring of Senior Year

  • Meets with Career Development office
  • Student works at major-specific co-op 10-15 hours per week and participates in reflective course

Student Requirements

  • Sign student agreement
  • Complete a minimum of 300 hours per academic year (not including summer) 
  • Meet with the Career Development program each semester
  • Meet with Financial Aid office each year
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Maintain a log of hours