Co-op program Information
What is Cooperative Education? Cooperative Education is a free program offered by Cal Poly Pomona, in which classroom study is combined with a closely related work experience. Its basic purpose is to provide students with work experience within their major prior to graduation. Cooperative Education blends theory and practice and provides relevance to a college education. It is a program which offers an innovative and expanded dimension to the education received by students at postsecondary institutions. Co-op is viewed as being an integral part of Cal Poly Pomona’s curricular offerings and as being consistent with the educational goals of a polytechnic university. The program is open to Cal Poly Pomona students and off-campus students.
Co-ops typically last a minimum of 6 months and can be as long as 2 years. All Co-ops are paid internships. The rate of pay is between $9.00-$15.00+ per hour. Students work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during breaks and Summer. Co-op students work a maximum of 1,000 hours per academic year, which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.
Students that participate in Cooperative Education say that they have a better understanding of the concepts, theories, and skills of their major. They find their internship activities to be both challenging and stimulating. This learning opportunity gives students an advantage in the work force and helps them pursue their careers with more confidence and success.
If you would like to participate in Cooperative Education, please visit our Getting Started page for more information. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (909) 869-3434.