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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a program that offers students a transitioning environment between college and career. It promotes the development of critical thinking, independent performance, the integration of theory and practice in the workplace, and student responsibility for learning. Most students can elect a cooperative education study option. It can be used as an elective in some academic programs, a requirement in others.

The co-op staff assists with job development, to assess the skills, abilities, and aspirations that will match an employers need with a students interest and ability, to create a mutually valuable work/education experience. To earn credits, students work a specified number of hours per week during the semester; develop a Learning Agreement that articulates the academic outcomes upon which their credit evaluation is based, meet with their co-op advisor, where they discuss their work activities, college studies, and career interests.

Preparation for Cooperative Education

CPS 298 - Pre-Cooperative Education Seminar

This is a required preparatory course designed to provide students with the necessary structure, resources, and support to successfully secure and engage in their cooperative education experience. Students will learn about the attitudes, skills and behaviors expected by employers. They will develop an understanding of Cooperative Education policies, procedures and requirements. Students will prepare an effective cover letter and resume, practice interview skills, job search strategies and learn how to self-market for a successful co-op experience and post-graduate job search.  

The Benefits of Cooperative Education
  1. Meaningful Experience
    Cooperative Education at QCC will give you the chance to work in your field - in time to make meaningful adjustments to your academic and career plans. Because you work full or part-time in a job directly related to your major, you gain professional experience that makes you more competitive in the job market. In fact, many co-op jobs turn into full time jobs after graduation.
  2. Academic Credit
    Cooperative Education at QCC is an academic program. You can earn 3-6 academic credits for co-op toward your QCC degree. Co-op students are required to work 15-20 hours per week in a job related to their academic program. Learning goals and objectives are established which are the basis for credit and your final grade. If you are already working in your field, your job may be appropriate for co-op.
  3. Convenience
    Cooperative Education fits your schedule. 
Disney World College Program

The Walt Disney College Program is a nationally recognized internship opportunity to work at one of the Disney resorts in Florida for an academic semester (or longer). Open to all majors, students gain valuable work-related skills, a resume entry that can provide a competitive edge for job seekers after they graduate, and the opportunity to work and network with people from all over the world.

Students earn QCC credit through co-op and they may also take QCC classes online. In addition, Disney sponsors structured classes, which have been evaluated through the American Council on Education for the award of credit upon completion of the program. Students can reach out to Career Services for more information.