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Cooperative Education

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Cooperative Education


The Mission of the Cooperative Education Program is to facilitate the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for academic-related work experiences by integrating classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities.


The Cooperative Education Program will offer undergraduate and graduate students a formalized academic support program to enhance their educational learning experience by acquiring knowledge and developing transferable skills to transition into the workplace.

Program Overview

The Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op) is a unique educational experience that combines classroom instruction with supervised, paid career-related work experience. The program provides students with professional work experiences in business, industry, government and service (non-profit) organizations.

There are two Co-op Work options:

  1. Alternate - The student alternates between a semester of full-time study and a semester of full-time work.

  2. Parallel - The student combines periods of work and study during the same semester.

Academic credit may be awarded for Cooperative Education experiences; however, the amount of credit awarded varies from one academic department to another. Co-op is available to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at Clark Atlanta University.

Undergraduate students must complete two semesters (sophomore standing) of study with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Undergraduate students must preregister with their department chairperson prior to beginning Co-op/Internship assignments. Graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher. All students must submit a completed application packet (application form, resume and unofficial transcript) to enroll in the program. In addition, each student must attend a minimum of three (3) Leadership and Professional Development seminars scheduled during the academic year.

For more information, contact: Cooperative Education at 404-880-6749.