Spring Cooperative Education

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

We have received reports that some co-op companies have begun to adjust placements this term as they implement remote work plans and adjust their operations in response to COVID-19. Each organization’s response has been different and we continue to encourage our students to engage actively with both your co-op employer and with your co-op manager. 

The admissions and cooperative education teams have been reaching out to admitted students, current students, and active co-op partners to gather insight and to provide coaching and guidance. The number of impacted students has so far been fairly limited, however, we have plans in place to assist students and incoming students grappling with this situation.   

Some students originally scheduled for a coop term in the spring may instead choose to enroll in classes for that term. We are closely monitoring this and are prepared to add class sections as needed to make it possible for them to do so. 

We are also working to secure external sources of gap funding for students impacted by COVID-19. More will be communicated on this in the near future. 

March 18 Update From President McMahan

I Would Like to Speak Directly to Students for a Moment about Co-op.

I know many of you are watching the impact that COVID-19 is having on the stock market, and many of you have already received specific instructions from your co-op employer on how they intend to manage their operations during this period.

A few of you have also reported to us that some co-op companies have already begun to adjust placements this term as they implement remote work plans and adjust their operations in response to COVID-19. I am sure that you are wondering how these changes might affect your future term co-op placements, too.

The current situation is extraordinary. To navigate it will require agility and flexibility from all of us as our employer partners manage through a truly unique set of circumstances.  Each organization’s response will be different, including their approach to their co-op students.  

I would encourage you to take this opportunity to engage actively with both your co-op employer and with your co-op manager. If you are working now, it is important to understand the policies and guidance of your employer; if you need assistance in this, our co-op managers have experience coaching our students through challenging situations.  

Our co-op managers are in communication with our partners as well. They are, among other things, gathering the latest information on upcoming placements as well as current ones. Your co-op manager will be reaching out to you, but if you have questions now, don’t wait to hear from them.  Start the conversation.