Fulbright College Co-operative Education Overview

What is a co-op?

Cooperative Education is a full-time or part-time, experiential program in which students participate in professional work related to their major or career goals and away from the university.

Co-ops integrate academic and professional experiences; students who participate in co-ops learn not only about their career field, but also about being a professional and navigating the politics of a new work environment.

Co-ops provide the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom, to clarify your career goals, and to build a valuable professional network.

Class credit vs. no class credit

Fulbright College does not distinguish between co-ops and internships. Both can be eligible for course credit. Your employer, professors, and other people may refer to either experience or use the terms interchangeably.

Eligibility Requirement for ARSC 310V Course

  • Undergraduate Students:
    • Must have completed 45 hours towards Fulbright College degree
    • Must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Must have secured a Co-op experience with an employer.
  • Graduate Students:
    • Must refer to their department for academic credit of a Co-op Educational experience.
  • Transfer Students:
    • Must have completed one semester of full-time study in Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
    • Must meet all other co-op requirements
  • F-1 Students:
    • Must have completed one academic year of full-time study in the United States
    • The Co-op experience must be directly related to the major area of study.
    • Must have potential employer complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Employment Verification Form and CPT awarded. To apply for CPT, log into isslink.uark.edu.
    • Must meet all other co-op requirements

Additional Academic Credit Options for Internship Experiences

Fulbright College Departmental Credit for Internships

Benefits of participating in Co-op Education

Cooperative education ensures that all students are participating in an educational experience in addition to a work experience. Students do not have to enroll in the course to participate in a co-op or internship, but are highly encouraged to do so.

Defer student loans until you return as a student
Receive academic credit in addition to professional experience
Stay on your parent's medical insurance

Ensure a quality experience by creating learning objectives and being assigned a company mentor
Maintain state residency
Get your experience listed on your academic transcript

Once you decide to find a Co-op/internship

  • Prepare your resume
  • Learn how to write a cover letter
  • Begin honing your interview skills
  • Identify what you want from your experience by researching employers, speaking with faculty members and conducting informational interviews

Once you have identified what you want from your co-op/internship

  • Use Razorback CareerLink or other online resources to identify opportunities
  • Attend career fairs
  • Network, using online resources, i.e. social media sites, and in person at career events
  • Continue to hone interview skills
  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor for additional help

Once you have found a Co-op/Internship

  • Register for the co-op/internship course by submitting the online application to ericae@uark.edu. Complete the following: ARSC 310V Placement Form, Performance and Co-op Course Form, Learning Objectives, signed by both the student and the employer
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office regarding your financial aid (co-op or away internships only)
  • Arrange housing needs (co-op or away internships only) and notify proper authorities that you will no longer be needing housing in Fayetteville and secure housing in co-op location

Once you have registered for the co-op/internship class:

  • Check UA Connect to confirm co-op class registration. If you do not see this class listed, contact Erica Estes at ericae@uark.edu.

Once you have completed your Co-op/Internship