Parallel Co-Op Program

Program Structure

In the Parallel Co-Op program, students will have the unique opportunity to work full time for an employer during a summer session, and part-time (12-29 hours per week) during spring and fall semesters. Students will take a reduced academic load (6-11 credits) during the spring and fall semesters. Maintaining their full-time student status, while splitting the reduced course load with part-time work experience, is made possible by registering for the 0-credit Parallel Co-Op course each work rotation.

The minimum program duration is 1 summer and 2 semester work sessions (888 hours, minimum). The program is a transcript-recorded experience and provides an academic certificate upon completion.


Students with an overall GPA of 2.60 or higher are eligible to apply for the Parallel Co-Op program. For more detalied eligibility requirements and to see if you are eligible, speak with your academic advisor or co-op coordinator.

Click here to see a list of available programs by discipline/major.


Program Costs

Students pay a program fee of $400 while at each work session. This fee entitles students to maintain their full-time academic status for insurance and student loan purposes. Normal tuition and fees are charged only while on campus.

Application Procedure

The Parallel Co-Op schedule is designed to receive applications during the sophomore and junior year. Applicants are chosen by the employers during on-campus interviews. Selection depends upon the student’s academic achievement on campus within their home department (2.60 GPA minimum) and their success during the interview process. Application instructions can be found here. 


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