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Cooperative Education Program

What is Cooperative Education?


The program is called Cooperative Education because it involves a cooperative effort between employers and the University in combining their resources to form an educational system for career preparation and training. The University teaches basic facts, theories, and principles; the employer provides the opportunity for a student to apply these facts, theories, and principles to practical work situations and problems.


How the program works?

Applicants are interviewed by the Coordinator of Cooperative Education. After the application has been approved, the student may be officially admitted to the Co-op Program. Practical work assignments will be arranged for the student when suitable employment opportunities exist, but only under conditions mutually satisfactory to the student and prospective employer. In most cases, employers will want to interview students recommended for employment.

After pre-screening by the Co-op Coordinator, employers are always given the opportunity to select co-op students they feel are best suited and qualified for the training assignments they have available. Generally, co-op students are paid the prevailing rate for the work they perform.

The University encourages the co-op student to complete a minimum of two work periods; however, many employers desire a longer working relationship with the student.

At the end of the work period, the student prepares a report on the experience and the employer submits an evaluation of the student's performance.
Upon successful completion of a full semester's work experience, and the satisfactory completion of any additional work assignment made by the academic department, the student is assigned a grade and receives three hours of academic credit.

Each time the student returns to the campus following a work assignment, he/she has an interview with the Co-op Coordinator to discuss the experience received.

Who is eligible for Cooperative Work Assignments?


For undergraduate students to qualify, they must:


  1. have sophomore or higher standing

  2. have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00 on all work attempted

  3. be able to complete a minimum of two full semesters or a maximum of five full semesters of work periods

  4. give evidence of being able to perform in a work environment


For graduate students to qualify, they must:


  1. have full graduate standing
  2. have at least a 3.00/4.00 cumulative GPA on all graduate work attempted
  3. have completed nine (9) semester hours of satisfactory work at Alabama A&M University
  4. give evidence of being able to perform in a work environment


Both undergraduate and graduate students must be registered with the Office of Career Development and must join the Co-op Professional Club.







Contact Information

​Mr. Michael Radden

Cooperative Education
Career Development Services

Alabama A&M University
P.O. Box 997
Normal, AL 35762

P:  256.372.5694
F:  256.372.5689