Application Process


Approval is a two-stage process. Stage I approval is based on academic requirements and Stage II is obtained when a student receives a job offer that meets the Co-op job requirements. On average, it takes about two weeks for each stage of the application to be processed.

Students who wish to participate in Co-op are advised to meet with their academic advisor to review academic eligibility prior to applying for Co-op. The associate dean of each participating school grants approval for student participation. To receive credit, students must be enrolled in the Co-op class. Applying for Co-op does not guarantee a Co-op job.

Students cannot start a Co-op job prior to receiving Stage I and Stage II approval, and may not hold any other position while enrolled in Co-op. Those who receive job offers mid-semester or after the registration deadline should contact the Co-op Coordinator directly. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Stage I 

  1. Attend Co-op Information Session or meet with the Co-op Coordinator.
  2. Submit to Co-op Coordinator
    1. Completed Stage I Application form
    2. Candidate Plan of Study (CPS)
    3. Signed Co-op Agreement form
  3. Register for Jobs4Hawks to search for Co-op jobs without charge; accounts will be activated when a student receives notification of approval.
  4. Search for Co-op jobs using Jobs4Hawks and other resources. Proceed to Stage II after receiving a job offer.

Stage II

  1. Submit to Co-op Coordinator
    1. Completed Stage II Application form
    2. Job Offer Letter, completed by employer
  2. Complete course registration by paying for the course upon notification of Stage II approval. In addition to regular tuition and fees, Co-op students pay a Co-op fee which varies depending on their school (i.e., SCE, BUS).

Academic Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Completion of foundation courses
  • Completion of 12-credit hours at UHCL
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and above

Graduate Students

  • Completion of foundation courses
  • Completion of 9-credit hours at UHCL
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above

International Students

Eligibility requirements are different for students with F-1 visa status, contact International Advising to comply with F-1 regulations.

Job Requirements

  • Must be a US-based employer
  • Must be a paid position
  • Job duties directly relate to to the student's current field of study at UHCL
  • Minimum 3-month commitment
  • Minimum 16 hours of work per week

Course Grade Requirements

To receive a grade for the course, students must submit the following items:

  1. Technical Report, completed by student and reviewed & signed by employer
  2. Student Job Evaluation
  3. Employer Job Evaluation, completed by employer


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