Career Planning and Development

CO-OP Application Instructions

General program and requirements to participate in a CO-OP:

  • For a student to be considered eligible for the CO-OP program, they must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Student must maintain this to stay in the CO-OP program.
  • Student must have completed at least 24 hours of study.
  • Student must be under an unrestricted admission status. No academic or non-academic holds on account.
  • Each semester a student works, they are required to register with the University as a cooperative education student.
  • Transfer students from another college or university must complete one full semester at UNA and have at least 24 hours of cumulative college credit prior to applying.
  • Transfer students expecting to continue in a current CO-OP must have documented CO-OP work experience from another accredited institution and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • CO-OP is zero credit on the student's transcript with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
  • During CO-OP work terms students are not eligible to receive financial aid unless the student is enrolled in a parallel CO-OP (Must be enrolled for 6 hours to receive aid).
  • Student is considered full-time (alternating work semester) for purposes of health insurance, student loan deferment and priority registration.
  • CO-OP can be one of 3 plans (see below).

Alternating CO-OP:

Student must have enough time remaining before graduation to do 3 work terms. Student should be a sophomore or junior and work alternating semesters so as to end up with a fall, spring and summer CO-OP. Student would work full time one semester and attend classes full time the following semester on a rotating schedule. Three rotations equaling 52 weeks of work experience. There is no allowance for consecutive work-only semesters. $45 fee payable to the UNA Business Office.

Parallel CO-OP:

Student would work no more than 20-25 hours per week and take a minimum of 6 course hours.

Student must have enough time remaining before graduation to do 3 work terms. Student should be a sophomore or junior but would work alternating semesters so as to end up with a fall, spring and summer CO-OP. Three rotations equaling 52 weeks of work experience. $45 fee payable to the Business Office.

Professional Practice:

Student must have completed at least one semester (full-time) of coursework at the University.

Option available to a student who has received a job opportunity requiring them to work full-time for an entire semester. Examples include Disney Program and Redstone Arsenal entities. $45 fee payable to the Business Office.

Experience is for one semester.

Graduate CO-OP:

Student may apply for a graduate CO-OP if they have been unconditionally admitted to a graduate program and enrolled in coursework. $45 fee payable to the business office.

Student must be able to complete 2 work terms.

Getting Started:

You are required to have a resume on LionJobs. You are encouraged to seek employers that may be offering co-ops on LionJobs.

  1. Register online with LionJobs.
  2. Click on STUDENTS and REGISTER; upload your resume (subject to approval).
  3. If the employer requires Letters of Recommendation, please submit to your LionJobs account as "Other Documents."
  4. Visit the Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Bring receipt to Career Planning and Development.
  5. Upload and submit copy of your unofficial transcript into your LionJobs account. You may copy and paste your transcript from your UNA portal account into a Word document in order to upload.
  6. Follow job application instructions.
  7. Discuss financial aid eligibility and issues with Student Financial Services before accepting a work assignment.

Alternating, Parallel & Graduate CO-OP

Once CO-OP work assignment is obtained, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Student to complete and sign the following four forms. Follow the  instructions on the forms. Forms to be completed in their entirety:

CO-OP Application
CO-OP Education Work Schedule
CO-OP Memo of Understanding

Step 2: Student must schedule an appointment with Career Planning Development for pre-work interview and must bring all signed forms. This interview includes job readiness training about what is expected of the student. If student has employer required paperwork it will be completed at this time and submitted to employer. Upon completion of this interview student would be permitted to register for COOP course thru Banner by Career Planning and Development.

Step 3: Student registers in Banner.

Step 4: Visit the Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Take the receipt to Career Planning and Development.

Step 5: At the end of the term Career Planning Development requests Employer Evaluation (with the exception of the Professional Practice).

Step 6: Schedule and complete post-work interview on campus with CPD office.

Step 7: A copy of transcripts is sent to employer at the end of the term to verify GPA (if employer required).


Instructions for Professional Practice:

Step 1: Student to complete and sign the following forms. Follow instructions on the forms. Forms must be completed in their entirety:

CO-OP Application
CO-OP Memo of Understanding
Employer Contact/Job Description

Step 2: Student must schedule an appointment with Career Planning and Development for pre-work interview and must bring all signed forms. If the student has employer required paperwork, it will be completed at this time and submitted to the employer.

Step 3: Upon completion of this interview, the student would be permitted to register for CO-OP course through Banner.

Step 4: Visit the UNA Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Bring receipt to Career Planning and Development.

Step 5: Student registers in Banner.

Step 6: A copy of transcripts is sent to employer at the end of the term to verify GPA (if employer required).

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