Your supervisor (at the internship/co-op site) and Faculty Coordinator will approve your co-op position.
Your co-op faculty coordinator is a designated faculty member from the academic department (your major or minor) where you're pursuing co-op credit. Your faculty coordinator must approve your position (using the job description) and learning objectives in order for you to earn academic credit. The faculty coordinator then serves as your instructor for the course and will communicate with you throughout the experience, collect your assignments and evaluations, and assign you a final grade.
See How to Register for Co-op Credit for the list of Faculty Coordinators by major.
No, securing a co-op is a competitive job search process. Career Services help you prepare for the job search and connect with potential employers.
A student can earn 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 academic credits in one semester based on the total number of hours worked. You may earn a maximum of 12 academic credits total for cooperative education.
|Academic credit hours||Hours worked per week||Hours worked per semester|
|6||20 or more||300 or more|
CEP 300: Cooperative Education and CEP 600: Graduate Co-op are both graded Pass/Fail. According to the University Catalog, a grade of P represents satisfactory performance, or “passing,” in those courses graded pass/fail. Only the grade of C- or better is considered passing on the pass/fail system.
Grades of P do not affect the GPA; a grade of F does affect it.
Most international students can work in co-op positions by using their authorization for Curricular Practical Training. Please visit NKU's International Student and Scholar Services to ensure you are educated on your visa status.
There is a bit of additional paperwork to secure authorization to work in the United States. You should allow extra time to complete the paperwork and for ISSS to submit authorization paperwork to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services). A variety of resources and contact information for ISSS can be found on their website.