Gain Professional Work Experience, Earn College Credits — and Get Paid
Through Point Park University's Cooperative Education (co-op) program, School of Business undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain real-world, paid work experience in their major while earning up to 12 college credits (six credits per co-op placement) toward their degree.
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Students in the following majors are eligible to apply for the co-op program:
- Business management
- Economics and finance
- Human resource management
- Information technology
- Organizational leadership
- Public administration
- Sports, arts and entertainment management
The Workplace as Your Classroom
By taking on assignments from local, national and/or international organizations, co-op students have the opportunity to learn new skills while applying the knowledge and theories gained in the Point Park classroom to real-world work scenarios.
In addition, students have the chance to share the industry knowledge and skills they have acquired in the real world to enhance their engagement and overall experience in the classroom.
Key Benefits of Co-Op for Students
Students who participate in Point Park's co-op program gain a wealth of benefits, including:
- Experience working in a real-world business setting related to your major and career interests
- A valuable network of professionals, which can lead to future employment opportunities and industry insight
- Financial compensation that can be used toward tuition, living expenses, etc.
- Increased confidence and maturity in a professional environment
- Improved communication, presentation and networking skills
- Enhanced resume based on new knowledge and skills gained working in the field
Student Eligibility Requirements
To be accepted into the co-op program, Point Park business students must meet the following requirements:
- Junior class standing (60 credits completed)
- Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 by the end of sophomore year and throughout the co-op program
- No academic, disciplinary or financial holds
- Successful completion of the co-op preparatory course, Business Career Prep (BMGT 280)
Co-op placements are available for students to complete during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
If you are a student interested in doing a co-op, or would like to learn more about the co-op program, contact Keith A. Paylo, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, at 412-392-3840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.