Co-op Course Requirements

All placed co-op students are required to:

  • Attend an orientation seminar prior to beginning their first co-op assignment.
  • Complete and submit a Learning Contract that is signed by you, your supervisor, your faculty co-op advisor, and a career advisor.  The Learning Contract notes for whom you are working, salary information, additional courses taken during the co-op work period, and your learning objectives.
  • Arrange a site visit or phone interview between your faculty co-op advisor and your supervisor to discuss your work progress.
  • Complete a written report using the CDS Format for Work Report and submit two copies:  one for your department and one for CDS.
  • Meet with other co-op students and give a brief oral presentation of your work experience.  Specific requirements for the presentation will be given to you by the faculty co-op advisor. 

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Cooperative Education

Information for Students

To apply for the Cooperative Education Program, please click here.

Cooperative education is available to all undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who meet the eligibility criteria for their level, major and college. Below you will find information to help you through the co-op process. Please get in touch with Career Development Services at 973.596.3100 if you need further clarification.

If your Co-op application has been approved, please review the following instructions here.










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Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic program that gives students the opportunity to gain paid professional work experience before graduation. Co-op work experiences are closely aligned with your major studies and improve understanding of the relationship between classroom theory and practical application.
Nearly 2600 different companies have hired NJIT students over the past decade. Employers range from large multinationals to small start-up companies. Students have completed their co-op assignments in New Jersey, across the nation and overseas.  Recent co-op employers include: 

AT&T Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products eClinical Works, LTD Langan Engineering
ADP Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. UPS The Associated Press
Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Panasonic Corporation of North America L'Oreal USA McGraw Hill Financial
Infineum Prudential Financial Viacom Verizon Wireless
MTA Transit Colgate-Palmolive National Security Agency Wakefern Food Corporation



Cooperative Education provides many unique opportunities.  You can:

  • Determine if the current major is a good match for your interests, skills, and values
  • Test different work environments and management styles within a major
  • Make the connection between academics learned in the classroom and its application in the workplace
  • Earn academic credit relevant to your major course of study
  • Help defray the costs of personal or educational expenses by earning a good salary
  • Gain exposure to cutting edge technology and research in addition to what is available at NJIT
  • Develop professional and communication skills in a real-world environment
  • Begin a network of professional contacts among colleagues and supervisors
  • Improve interviewing skills for future positions by becoming familiar with an employer’s expectations
  • Increase the likelihood of future full-time employment with your current co-op employer 
  • Position yourself for a higher starting salary or more advanced position as a full-time employee as a result of your work experience
  • Meet employers’ expectations that prospective employees obtained professional work experience while a student



A co-op work assignment is always related to your major and is always a paid experience.  Students who successfully complete a co-op work experience may be able to earn three academic credits, according to the major department’s co-op policy.  Co-op assignments coincide with a semester or the summer.  Each degree program at NJIT has a designated faculty co-op advisor who oversees the students within each major to ensure the quality of learning.  Co-op positions are reviewed by Career Development Services to ensure that the jobs meet quality standards.

Internships provide a learning experience that may or may not be related to your major and may vary in length. They most often coincide with a semester or the summer. Internship assignments may be paid, unpaid, and college credit may or may not be given. There is usually no formal faculty involvement in an internship as there is in a co-op. However, student interns may choose to consult a faculty member for advice and perspective on the work assignment.  Students who are successful in obtaining an internship are encouraged to enter the employment data into Handshake at CDS.  Some internships may be eligible for conversion to co-op status.  Please check with your career advisor to explore this option.



For all undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, you must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at NJIT during the entire period of a co-op assignment.  Students who have completed their degree requirements are not eligible for co-op and cannot begin a co-op assignment.

Because of federal regulations, co-op eligibility and participation requirements differ between U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents, and International Students. Please read the instructions below that apply to your work authorization status.


For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students can apply as early as freshman or sophomore year, depending on major department requirements.  In the undergraduate option, a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.2 or above is required and you must be in good academic standing.  Individual departments or colleges may have a higher GPA standard and may also have major-specific requirements for co-op eligibility.  Check with your academic department before beginning the co-op process.

 Master's Students
To participate in the Co-op Program graduate students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study at NJIT with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, be in good academic standing, and making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Within the 3.0 or above cumulative GPA, at least two major courses must have grades of “B” or better, not counting bridge courses. Master's students should review the specific requirements for their respective departments. For a detailed description of co-op policy, please review the Graduate Cooperative Education Summary of Policy.

Ph.D. Students
Doctoral candidates must have pre-approval to participate in co-op from their academic advisor and department chair in addition to meeting the criteria for master's students. Please complete the appropriate section for doctoral candidates in Handshake at CDS.

Transfer Students
Students transferring to NJIT from another institution must complete at least one semester at NJIT to be eligible to apply for the co-op program.  Acceptance into the co-op program is dependent on meeting eligibility requirements.

Rutgers University--Newark Students
You must be matriculated in a major that is eligible for the NJIT co-op program. You must meet minimum NJIT co-op criteria and have completed at least 15 credits at NJIT by the end of the semester in which you apply.


Co-op Eligibility and Requirements
For International Students

For details on co-op eligibility for international students, click here.


Enter your co-op job information through Handshake at CDS using your UCID and password. Please be sure to read the statement of co-op policies. By submitting the co-op application electronically, you agree that you have read and understood the co-op policies and that you will abide by them.  You also agree to authorize the release of your resume and unofficial transcript to potential employers by submission of the co-op application to CDS.

  • After review of your transcript by a Career Advisor to determine eligibility, your experience information will be forwarded to the Faculty Co-op Advisor in your major department. Notification will be sent through Handshake as to the status of the experience you submitted. If you are denied entrance, the reason will be stated.  If you are not accepted into the co-op program and wish to apply the following semester, contact your career advisor.
  • Make an appointment through Handshake at CDS to meet with your Career Advisor to discuss co-op job preparation.
  • If you have not received a response to the experience you submitted within two weeks, please contact Career Development Services at 973.596.3100 or your career advisor.

Co-op Work Cycles

You may work in one or more co-op assignments, depending on individual preference and eligibility.  Work placements do not have to be consecutive.  Students should apply the semester before the cycle in which you would like to work.  The typical work cycles spring, summer, or fall available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents are below. For co-op work cycles for students requiring Curricular Practical Training, click here.

  •  January through May
  •  January through August
  •  May through August or September
  •  June, July, or August through December

​​Co-op Work Cycles for Engineering Students
Course Requirements
All placed co-op students are required to: Meet with their designated career advisor.

  • Complete and submit a Learning Agreement that is signed by you, your supervisor, your faculty co-op advisor, and a career advisor.  The Learning Agreement states your employer and supervisor information, salary information, additional courses taken during the co-op work period, and your learning objectives.
  • Contact your faculty co-op advisor to arrange a site visit or phone interview to discuss your work progress.
  • Meet with other co-op students and give a brief oral presentation of your work experience.  Specific requirements for the presentation will be given to you by the faculty co-op advisor.  Click here for course requirements and written paper format for additive (doc, pdf) or for degree credit (doc, pdf). Please submit two copies of your report: one for your department and one for CDS.   Check with your faculty co-op advisor for any additional assignments.




You may secure a co-op position through Career Development Services.  All co-op positions are posted on Handshake at CDS. The arrangement to "co-op qualify" a position obtained on your own may be approved. The required standards for acceptable co-op assignments are that they relate directly to your major and/or career goals and provide new and appropriate work responsibilities that advance your knowledge, skills and abilities in your field.  To determine if a specific position can be co-op qualified, please make an appointment to see a career advisor. You must provide documentation of your job offer from your employer that should be entered on to Handshake at CDS:

  • Your job title and a two-to-three sentence job description that confirms that the position is related to your major
  • Name of supervisor and contact information
  • Exact start and end dates of your work assignment
  • Number of hours per week you will work
  • Salary by the hour, week, or month

Course Registration
Registration for your academic department's co-op course during your placement period is mandatory. All students register for the co-op course at the time of placement. International students with an F-1 visa register for the co-op course as part of the work authorization process. 

If your co-op registration will change your status from part time to full time, please inform your career advisor so that it can be determined if you need to request a health insurance waiver.

For the fall and spring semesters, the deadline for co-op course registration is one week after the add/drop date for the appropriate semester. For summer co-op, the deadline for co-op course registration is the last Monday in June. (View Academic Calendars)

There is no guarantee of co-op course registration after these deadlines have passed. As with any other course offered by the university, the student bears the responsibility of knowing the requirements and registering on time in accordance with university policy.

Most co-op assignments are located in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area within reasonable commuting distance.  Some quality opportunities occur out-of-state and require relocation.  In some cases of relocation, the employer may subsidize housing costs or may have arranged for inexpensive housing for co-op students, help you locate housing, or assist you with relocation expenses.  The type and amount of assistance vary among employers so be sure to have a clear understanding of your employer-provided relocation benefits, if any, before you accept a position that requires a move. 

Academic Credits
After successfully completing each co-op course, you will receive three additive or three-degree credits. Additive credit courses are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Degree credit courses that replace a departmentally approved elective are given a letter grade and count in your GPA. Master’s and doctoral students receive additive credit for co-op work experiences.  Undergraduate students should consult your career advisor to determine your major department's policy on whether co-op courses are for additive or degree credit, depending on your department’s co-op policy. Students enrolled in the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) should consult their department's faculty co-op advisor for special instructions.

Tuition and Fees
Cooperative education is considered a course by NJIT.  Tuition and fees for the co-op course are your responsibility. Failure to fulfill this requirement may result in Bursar holds on your future course registration. You are also responsible for tuition for any other course(s) you take while in a co-op assignment. For more information please visit the NJIT registrar web site at

Professional Interviewing Conduct
You are expected to honor NJIT's co-op policies and procedures; prepare for the interviewing process and accurately present your qualifications and interests; request employment opportunities for co-op positions in which you are generally interested; adhere to all interview schedules; notify organizations and Career Development Services of acceptance or rejection of offers by the earliest possible date and no later than the start date mutually agreed upon; honor an accepted co-op job offer (written or verbal), as a contractual agreement; withdraw from the interviewing process upon acceptance of a job offer; and notify Career Development Services and all employers with whom you have a pending job offer or scheduled interview of your decision.

Professional Workplace Conduct
You are expected to arrive for your co-op position as scheduled; observe the employer's hours, policies and rules; and continue your work period until the arranged ending date. Students who voluntarily leave a co-op position will not be allowed to work for a subsequent employer in the same co-op work period. Students encountering any unexpected difficulties at their co-op job should contact their career advisor immediately. You must demonstrate professional performance and behavior during your co-op work experience.  Click here for a Checklist For a Successful Work Experience

You must attend all career advising appointments and final seminars as scheduled by the Career Development Services staff and/or faculty co-op advisors.

Status while Participating in Co-op
If you are enrolled in the university's Co-op Program, registered for an appropriate co-op work experience section, and a full-time co-op student, you will be considered a full-time student by the university for that specific period of registration.

If you are an undergraduate in an academic department in which part-time co-op has been approved and you are completing a part-time placement, you will be considered a full-time student when registered for at least twelve (12) credits including the co-op course.  If you are a graduate student completing a part-time placement, you will be considered full-time with nine credits including the co-op course.

Course Load While on Co-op
Full-time undergraduate students completing a full-time co-op placement may register for two courses in addition to their co-op course. Undergraduate students who are part-time or working in a part-time co-op arrangement may take as many credits as approved by your academic advisor, up to the limit set by the university.  Cooperative Education places no additional course load limitations on graduate students.

Impact on Financial Aid
The salary you earn may affect the financial aid that you receive.  A percentage of a student's earnings (with the exception of College Work Study) may be added to the family's contribution. For specific information, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor.

Taxes and Unemployment Insurance
According to the US Internal Revenue Service, wages paid to co-op students are fully subject to federal income taxes.  Wages are also subject to state income taxes and FICA (Social Security taxes).  International students also pay federal and state taxes, but not Social Security taxes. For all students, once your co-op assignment is completed, you are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

Impact on Residence Life Contracts
Occasionally, a student accepts a co-op position that makes it impractical to live on campus during the co-op cycle because of the employer’s location.  You are encouraged to contact Residence Life as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Impact on Health Insurance
If your co-op registration will change your status from part time to full time, please inform your career advisor so that it can be determined if you need to request a health insurance waiver.

Impact on Graduation
Depending on how you schedule your co-op assignment with your academic classes, your graduation may be delayed while you obtain major-related work experience. Students who plan early can maximize summer classes, summer co-ops, or distance learning to keep pace with their original expected date of graduation. Working in one or more co-op assignments is highly beneficial even if it results in delayed graduation.  Time spent gaining major-related work experience can greatly improve your chances of obtaining a full-time position before or shortly after graduation.

Limited Guarantee of Placement
While every attempt is made to place each co-op student, Career Development Services cannot guarantee placement.  Co-op assignment schedules are determined by employers and are subject to business conditions and student performance.  Assignment duration cannot be guaranteed.





General Internships are listed through Handshake at CDS.


A co-op work assignment is always related to your major and is always a paid experience.  Students who successfully complete a co-op work experience can earn three academic credits for each one.  Co-op assignments coincide with a semester or the summer.  Each degree program at NJIT has a designated faculty co-op advisor who oversees the students within each major to ensure the quality of learning.  Co-op positions are reviewed by Career Development Services to insure that the jobs meet quality standards.

Internships provide a learning experience that may or may not be related to your major and may vary in length. They most often coincide with a semester or the summer. Internship assignments may be paid or unpaid and college credit may or may not be given. There is no formal faculty involvement in an internship as there is in a co-op. However, student interns may choose to consult a faculty member for advice and perspective on the work assignment.

Steps for Submission of Co-op Application for PhD Students

  • Step 1: Print the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) form and have it completed and signed by your academic advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Step 2: Complete and submit the online Co-op Application.
  • Step 3: Schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor via your CDSlink account
  • Step 4: When you meet with you Career Development Services Advisor, be sure to bring your signed Advisor Form with you. If you do not have the signed Advisor form, your Co-op application can not go forward.

NJIT Career Portfolio

Career Portfolio Description

Throughout your academic career you will accumulate documents that represent work that you have produced. The Career Portfolio assists you in organizing and presenting these documents to potential employers. The Career Portfolio is intended to be interdisciplinary and contains work produced across the curriculum and through your involvement in extracurricular and experiential education activities. Together with assistance from NJIT faculty and academic and career advisors, the Career Portfolio will help you effectively promote your skills and competencies as a well-rounded and highly-skilled graduate.

Your Career Portfolio materials include a binder, cover sheet, spine, and pre-printed dividers that organize your Career Portfolio into the nine sections described below. The Portfolio cover sheet can be customized to include your name and homepage address. Using any word processing software, create and center your text as shown on the sample provided. You may then feed the pre-printed cover sheet through your printer. When completed, replace the existing sheet contained on your binder with your customized cover sheet. Be sure to also insert the spine.


Career Portfolio Sections

Samples of the following Career Portfolio sections are accessible by clicking onto the links that appear below.

Resume: A document that summarizes educational and job experience, and promotes a student's strengths and achievements to employers.

Portfolio Brief: A supplement to the resume and academic transcript, that includes information about specific skills and accomplishments developed through classroom, employment, and extra-curricular activities.

Problem Solving: Written examples of activities that demonstrate a student's ability to recognize, analyze, and resolve problems through independent and group action. May include homework, laboratory write-ups, work experience, etc.

Decision-Making: Written examples of activities that demonstrate a student's ability to establish goals, evaluate options, determine resources, consider risks, and select the best alternative.

Written Communications: Documents that demonstrate a student's ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in writing. May include reports, articles, letters, etc.

Verbal Communications: Recorded or written documents that demonstrate a student's ability to clearly and succinctly communicate ideas and information. May include video, digital, tape recordings, or a written chronology of presentations including classroom presentations, club or organization speeches, and presentations, etc.

Leadership: Positions held that demonstrate a student's ability to lead, direct, or provide guidance to others for the purpose of attaining a specific goal. May include involvement in clubs, student government, sports, work experience, etc.

Teamwork: Examples of a student's involvement in group activities directed toward attaining a common goal. May include clubs, student government, sports, work experience, class projects, etc.

Volunteerism: Activities that demonstrate a student's involvement in community service or charitable organizations. May include non-paid activities that support the interests of non-profit organizations or individuals in need.



Student Check List for Co-op Education Participation


Getting Started
  • Newly accepted students:   Make an appointment with your Career Advisor after completing your Handshake at CDS registration and resume upload.  Bring a copy of your resume to the appointment.
  • Available Job Postings On-Line:  Listings can be viewed in Handshake at CDS by clicking on Jobs & Internships.  Click on the Co-op tab to view co-op jobs. 
  • Job Offer:  If you receive a job offer, you must contact your Career Advisor to complete all mandatory co-op paperwork.

Checklist For A Successful Work Experience

Significant learning can occur through the process of working as a co-op or intern and when you begin your first professional job. You can optimize the value of your field placement by completing some of the recommended activities listed below and creatively adding others on your own. These activities have the potential for enhancing your professional, personal, and career development and are useful when considering ideas to add to you career portfolio.


To be viewed as a future professional, supervisors seek people with strong ethics and integrity. The following guidelines include information that is relevant to corporate standards and behavior norms that are expected within a professional working environment.


Professional Development


1.*Obtain and review company literature (annual report, product brochures, personnel manual).


2. *Through observation, discussions, and other means, learn how your job responsibilities contribute to your work group, department, division, and organization.


3. *Keep a log of examples of how your work experience relates to your past coursework and expands your knowledge and skills.


4. Interview professionals about projects and/or areas that interest you.


5. Develop a reputation as a problem-solver. If a problem lands on your desk, do not pass it on to someone else. However, never be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand something.


6. Plan your day in advance. Ten to fifteen minutes in the morning will equal an extra hour or more of productivity throughout the day.


7. Begin to use a pocket or electronic planner continuously. It will quickly become your daily guide to accomplishing your goals in life.


8. Ask to attend meetings and events. You will learn how things really get done.


9. Keep a list of areas in which further education/knowledge will be necessary for your career goals.


10. Think about ways in which your work environment meets your needs in terms of size of organization, dress, and informal/formal roles for getting things done.


11. Find out how your department interacts with other departments and with external vendors.


12. Discuss with colleagues and superiors how they obtained their positions and their future career plans and goals.


13. Reflect on how your field placement can influence your choice of major, elective, and plans for graduate study.


14. Keep a list of your personal successes including what worked and didn't work and why.


15. Make a list of the changes that you feel have occurred in your self-esteem, maturity, and communication skills as a result of your co-op/internship.


16. Develop a network of workplace colleagues with whom you maintain contact.


Tips marked * are required.




1. Draw a solid ethical line and never cross it, even when others are encouraging you to do so.


2. Integrity means doing what is right, even if it is unpopular, unfashionable, or unprofitable.


3. Develop a reputation for honesty and integrity.


4. Do not use profanity, even when others do so.


5. Never tell dirty, racist, or sexist jokes. Ignore those who attempt to share them with you.


6..Do not lie, cheat, or steal, even when temptation is great. Stand for integrity and honesty in all that you do, and you will be amazed how far it sets you above your peers.


7. Strive to maintain a high standard of competence in your work.


8. Strive to be honest, fair, and respectful of others in all aspects of your work environment.


9. Honor your promises.


10.If you are unsure, don't do it.


11.When you make mistakes, take responsibility for them immediately. Denial will only prolong and intensify the error. Acknowledge that you were wrong and move on. Do not make the same mistake again.


Office Politics


1. Show respect for your boss in everything that you do. Do not join in when others are boss bashing.


2. Never discuss your salary with your co-workers.


3.When you are personally complimented for something that was a team effort, always give proper credit to the team.


4.When others begin to criticize, fight the urge to join in the slaughter.


5. Limit yourself to one glass of beer or wine when dining out with co-workers or clients. Wait for someone else to order liquor first, don't be the only one.


6. Beware of office romances. Keep personal matters out of the work environment.


Office Etiquette


1. Dress conservatively, at or above the conservative median within the company.


2. From day one, learn how to answer the department phone and how to take a proper message.


3. Do not e-mail family and friends during work time.


4. Learn the company's policy regarding Internet use. Do not use the Internet for personal business.


5. Ask for things to do. Do not wait to be told what to do. Solving problems and taking initiative are the best ways to stand out from the crowd.


6. Do not gripe about the grunt work. There is always something to learn. Learn how the small tasks fit into the big picture.


7. Arrive at meetings on time.


8. Take advantage of the fact that you are a student. As a student, you are not threatening and can have more access and opportunities than a full-time employee can. Everyone wants to help a student learn.




Adapted from:


Top 10 Tips for Interns by Bradley Richardson as found on


New Job Proverbs as found on


Co-op Intern Students:


Be sure to check the Co-op section for placed students on our web page for updated information regarding your Co-op course at


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Handshake at CDS

Welcome to Handshake at CDS, a service provided by Career Development Services to our students and alumni. The links below provide you with convenient access to manage your on-line career account. You will be able to update and keep your profile current, upload up to 10 resumes to submit to employers, apply for jobs, and participate, if eligible, in On-Campus Interviewing and the Co-op program, internships and career fair listings.

Handshake at CDS - Career Services Job Listing Site
Listings for full-time, part-time, OCI, Co-op, internship, research, and Civic Engagement or Volunteer positions for current students and recent alumni.  Also, gain access to information about career services events and information sessions.


Career Development Services at NJIT is providing this listing service as a courtesy for students and prospective employers of students. The University holds no assurance of any kind regarding the actual qualifications or capacities of a student to perform the desired work or of any actual or prospective employer's willingness or ability to provide the described work, although any student or employer who misrepresents information to NJIT for the purpose of utilizing this service shall be barred from its continued utilization.

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