Co-Ops/Internships & Externships

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an optional, academic program that enables students to gain degree-related experience prior to graduation. It is a planned, progressive educational strategy through which students learn about their field of study through "hands-on" experience in the workplace. Students gain experience, networking opportunities, and academic credit in addition to earning a competitive wage.

Employers are always looking for graduates with "real world" work experience to complement their college degree.

Why hire a Co-op student?

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a partnership among employers, students, and the University of Arkansas. Students work in paid, professional positions in business, industry, education, government, health and human services while earning academic credit. Co-op integrates classroom theory with "hands on" experience by giving students opportunities to work in their chosen career field prior to graduation.

For more than 90 years, employers have utilized co-op as an effective short-term and long-term human resources strategy. More and more employers are finding that hiring co-op students at the University of Arkansas is an effective recruiting tool for full-time placement.

Because co-op is such an important part of University of Arkansas students' overall education, students are eager to learn from their experiences, take on increasing levels of responsibility, and use their job knowledge and classroom learning to make a meaningful contribution to your organization.

Want to learn more about Co-op? Contact Dr. George Winter,, at 479-575-6201 for more information.

For information about Co-op for Fulbright College Students, contact Donna Draper, in Fulbright Dean's Office.