Co-op Description

Employers everywhere are seeking graduates with experience. No longer will a 4.0 GPA assure promises of a direct career path into your field of choice. Although GPA is important in conveying a strong academic background, students must also demonstrate an ability to put theory into practice and communicate effectively through strong interpersonal skills. Gordon College's Cooperative Education Program is distinctive of Christian colleges, affording students the opportunity to put theory and practice to work.

Every semester co-op students go into the world of work in fields related to their career interests and their academic major. They gain practical skills, experience, and make connections that enhance job placement in professional fields. There are three main distinctions of a Co-op at Gordon College:

  • Students work 20 to 40 hours a week for at least 12 weeks.
  • Co-op positions are paid usually by an hourly wage or stipend.
  • Co-op placements are listed on the transcript, but academic credit is not awarded.

Additionally, students gain practical experience in conducting a job search by completing their resume, going through Co-op listings, and interviewing with employers. This significantly prepares them for their job search upon graduation.


Co-op & Internship Benefits/Differences (PDF)
Co-ops & Internships: What's the difference.

Application Check List (PDF)
What do I need to do to apply for a co-op?

Application (PDF)
Complete and return to Career Services

Lead List (PDF)
List to compile leads for co-op opportunities.

Phone Script for Co-op Calls (PDF)
What do I say when I am calling prospective co-op employers?

Learning Plan (PDF)
Must be signed by faculty advisor and returned to Career Services.

Work/Learning Agreement (PDF)
Details of student's faculty member's and employer's responsibilities.

Student Evaluation Form (PDF)
This form must be completed and returned to Career Services to complete co-op.

Employer Evaluation Form (PDF)
Employers complete this form for their co-op student and return it to Career Services.