Cooperative Work Experience



Cooperative Work Experience is designed for freshmen and sophomores and provides a beneficial three-way partnership between the employer, the student, and the University.

Program Benefits

  • Provides the opportunity to apply classroom learning to practical problems on the job.
  • Allows students to work with professionals in the field they are preparing to enter.
  • Students in these programs are generally more committed to their academic fields.
  • COOP students are often exposed to advanced technology and equipment in a learning environment that is not available on campus.
  • Students learn the competitive nature of the job market and what is needed to prepare for the best career positions.
  • Students get the competitive edge in the new graduate job market.

Students in these programs may earn college credit for working in a job and completing the required learning objectives. The first two semesters the student can work at any job. The third and fourth semester their job should be related to their field of study. The cooperative work experience can be full or part-time, temporary or regular, paid positions at or near the entry level in any given field.

Students integrate their educational experience with paid or volunteer work experience as they explore various career opportunities early in their college careers.

Cooperative Work Experience – How Do I Sign Up?

COOP is available to freshmen and sophomores in all divisions and is applicable to liberal arts as well as CTE programs. To qualify and enroll in Cooperative Education, students should do the following:

  • To qualify you must have a job. If you need a job visit the Handshake job board
  • To enroll, open  (You already have an account as a DSU student. You will not have to create a new account.)
  • Username = d#                                        Password = (same as myDixie)
  • If you haven’t already, activate your account and complete your profile.
  • Click on Career Center
  • Click on Experiences
  • Click on Request an Experience
  • Click on Cooperative Education
  • Complete required fields (Required fields are marked with a asterisk.)
  • You will be assigned an instructor and notified by email
  • Read the student manual

If you have any questions please contact Diana Maughan in Career Services.

  • Holland Centennial Commons (HCC) 521
  • 435 652 7668