Fulbright College Co-operative Education Overview

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

To receive 1-3 hours of credit for an internship, you may apply to Fulbright College Internship Course (ARSC 310V) to receive elective credit, or check with your academic department about receiving departmental credit. Your ARSC 310V credit will appear on your transcript as CR (not a letter grade).

Eligibility Requirement for 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

Benefits of participating in Co-op Education

  • Receive academic credit in addition to professional experience
  • Ensure a quality experience by creating learning objectives and being assigned a company mentor
  • Maintain University of Arkansas full-time student status and state residency
  • Get your experience listed on your academic transcript
  • Defer student loans until you return as a student
  • Stay on your parent's medical insurance