Student Co-op Requirements

Students in the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering are required to complete one to three co-op courses, depending on their major, that carry 4 credit hours each.

See Co-op Office Response to COVID-19 for co-op concessions and alternatives.

  • Co-op job duties must be related to the students major.
  • Students must work full time 40 hours per week for one semester or part-time 20 hours per week for two consecutive semesters for each co-op course required.
  • Co-op employment cannot be self-employed.
  • Student must be supervised by employer/mentor.
  • Student should work at a professional location where business is conducted, unless otherwise approved by their employer and the co-op office. 
  • The student receives compensation for their employment as set forth by the United States Department of Labor.

E-Campus Students in Management and Technology and Quality Systems should consult with their faculty advisor regarding co-op requirements. 

Students are advised to  alternate semesters on co-op with semesters of on-campus course work with your last semester attending classes. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their co-op experiences through multiple, rotating semesters in order to experience the cyclical nature of their industries. Co-op experiences can be completed during the fall, spring or summer semesters.  

Complete the Co-op Orientation in Canvas prior to registering your first co-op course. You only need to complete this requirement once, however you can re-visit the Canvas Co-op Orientation course shell as many times as you like.

After completing the Co-op Orientation in Canvas, you must also complete the Co-op Registration Application (How to Register Your Co-op) and submit it for approval prior to beginning your co-op work experience.

The Federal Government protects employees through various laws and policies including, but not limited to OSH ACT, EEOC and FLSA

How To Register Your Co-op

Why co-ops are important

"I think the College of Technology CO-OP has done a great job.  I love the fact that they make CO-OP experiences mandatory and feel the resources they have available make it easy for students to find positions to complete their CO-OPs." 

– Mechanical Engineering/Quality Systems student

"My CO-OP clarified my area of study by allowing me to experience what it’s like to be in a design office and see what kind of career goals I can set for myself.  My CO-OP has improved post-graduation job opportunities as I’ve already been offered a position upon graduation." 

– Architecture student

“Through my CO-OP, I have learned true life values and developed a strong belief in helping others through the work I have completed.  This CO-OP has changed my personal life for the better.” 

– Visual Communication Technology student

"I have learned an extensive amount by working at my CO-OP, something that could never be portrayed in the classroom. The job experience and the coursework go hand in hand, however the CO-OP experience is very important. It’s important to work in the field before you graduate so you know what it’s going to be like." 

– Aviation student

“My Co-op experiences have been so beneficial to my education by providing me with the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the field.”  

– Construction Management student

“By experiencing the class work in a real life job environment, it helps the student understand the benefits of each class. This also helps students take classes more seriously by realizing if they learn the material in class, they will have a head start apply that knowledge to the job field.  I think my CO-OP enhances the classroom material because you are learning it from a different person besides your instructor.” 

– Engineering Technology student

“CO-OP’s are one of the most beneficial experiences a student can do while earning their degree. There is definitely a difference between learning skills in a class room, and being in the real world, experiencing the industry.  This CO-OP has definitely given me a link into the professional market.” 

– Visual Communication Technology student

“I feel my CO-OPs helped me to see what a job with a company would be like. I used the skills learned in the classroom and applied that knowledge in order to perform well at my CO-OP, landing me a job at graduation.  I felt Bowling Green State University prepared me well for the correct concepts and practical knowledge to be successful.”

– Engineering Technology student

"My experience so far has been incredible!!  I have not only had an amazing internship experience, but also a life changing cultural experience as well!  I have not felt home sick once since I have been here!  Everyone I meet treats me like family."

- Engineering Technology Student