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Considering Co-op

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain real-world job experience while continuing to pursue a degree here on campus – and get paid for it? If so, the North Carolina State University Cooperative Education Program may be for you!

The lifelong benefits of Cooperative Education go beyond those you’d receive at a summer internship or working a part-time job that’s completely unrelated to what you’re studying here at NC State.

If you meet the program entry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to apply with companies in your field that will invest in the education and training you’ll receive during alternate semesters of full-time study and full-time work experience. Program participants average more than $16 per hour!

“Many employers prefer to hire Co-op students because they get much more value from a student who will be for three work sessions, or approximately one year total, as opposed to a summer intern who will only be there a few weeks,” said Dr. Lisa Bullard, Director of undergraduate studies at NC State in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Prior to her arrival on NC State’s campus, Bullard spent nine years at the Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), where she mentored and worked with Co-op students.

“Employers make an investment in Co-op students.” she said. “They don’t have to catch these students up on the learning curve to the extent that they would if they had hired a group of new interns.”

"The Career Development Center will be valued by North Carolina State University and its partners as the leading resource to meet the comprehensive career development needs of students."

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