What is the Co-op program?
Co-op (co-operative education) is a program that combines classroom knowledge and work experience. Students work in a paid job related to their current field of study. The co-op program is conducted in the School of Business and the School of Science and Computer Engineering.
- Read details about The Co-op Program.
- All necessary forms including the Co-op Application Stage 1 and 2 and Co-op Agreement are available online.
- Complete Forms
- Co-op Application Stage 1
- Co-op Agreement
- Candidate Plan of Study to the Co-op Coordinator
Note: The Co-op course hours must fit within the student’s course requirements listed on the Candidate Plan of Study (CPS).
- Satisfy Academic Requirements
- 12 completed UHCL hours (not including transfer credits)
- GPA of 2.5 or above
- All freshman and sophomore level classes completed.
- 9 completed UHCL hours (not including transfer credits)
- GPA of 3.0 or above
- All foundation courses completed.
Employers are not required to have a formal co-op program to employ co-op students. While employers may have additional requirements, the following are required by UHCL:
- Must be a paid position
- Job duties directly relate to the student’s current field of study at UHCL
- Must be a US-based employer
- Minimum 3-month commitment
- Minimum 16 hours of work per week
Students may gain a co-op position through the employment database managed by Career Services, Jobs4Hawks, or their own referral source.
F-1 Employment Regulations
F-1 students are permitted to work off campus under any of the following conditions:
- Obtaining a hardship work permit from Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Acceptance in Curricular Practical Training through Career Services which is the co-op Program at UHCL.
- Acceptance in Curricular Practical Training with the School of Human Science and Humanities in a degree required or optional internship.
- Applying for Optional Practical Training before graduation.
An F-1 student must have one academic school year of consecutive full-time enrollment before applying to the Co-op program.
In order to maintain legal status while working, there are specific course guidelines that must be followed. Please have students consult with a international student advisor or the Career Services Co-op Coordinator for details.