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Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic program that allows students to apply classroom theory in practical work settings and gain personal, academic and work skills over multiple semesters. Cooperative education at UCF is one of the largest programs in the country and assists more students in more disciplines and colleges than any other university in Florida.
Experiential Learning is an academic unit in Undergraduate Studies, providing real-world applied learning experiences to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. These work experiences occur locally, nationally, internationally in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies. We work with employers to develop cooperative education (co-op) and internship opportunities. We then refer eligible students to employers for multiple semester, paid co-op and one semester, paid or unpaid internship experiences.

When a successful match between student and employer is made, students are enrolled in an experiential learning course, and one of our faculty members guides the student’s learning through the use of learning objectives, worksite visits, and reflective assignments. A supervisor at the worksite directs the student’s professional activities. Students in certain majors may be eligible for course credit and should check with their academic advisor to see if this is a possibility.

UCF defines service-learning as “a teaching method that uses community involvement to apply theories or skills being taught in a course. Service-learning furthers the learning objectives of the academic course, addresses community needs, and requires students to reflect on their activity in order to gain an appreciation for the relationship between civics and academics.”

Service-Learning is part of the UCF initiative to provide a means for every student to enhance their academic program with experiential learning opportunities. As a teaching method, service-learning enables students to take academics out of the classroom and into the community in an effort to promote civic engagement. By working with community partners such as non-profit organizations, public schools, government agencies, campus groups, or businesses with specifically philanthropic missions, students develop skills and knowledge that will help them to become civically responsible members of the community.

Service-Learning is a reciprocal process that involves faculty, students, and the community. Faculty members reinvigorate teaching by engaging students in academic and social concerns. Students connect theory to practice and foster civic responsibility by developing a relationship with like-minded community partners. The community receives an infusion of people power and access to university resources enabling them to explore new ideas and generate energy in community agencies.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined as alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the University of Central Florida. CPT gives F-1 students the possibility to work off-campus. It may be required or optional, but it must be a related and integral part of the student’s academic program. CPT is typically done on a part-time basis (up to 20 hours per week) during the school year and on a full-time basis (over 20 hours per week) during vacation periods. Eligibility for CPT must first be determined by an ISC immigration adviser and then authorized prior to students beginning employment.

Please review the Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) Application Packet. You will need to make an appointment with an International Services Center immigration adviser and have items below completed and prepared before the meeting. You will also need the job offer letter details listed in the form prior to meeting with your Experiential Learning Faculty Coordinator.

Visit UCF Global website for more information about the application process.

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The Young Entrepreneur & Scholar (YES) Program targets bright, talented UCF students in the engineering and computer science fields and pairs them with local businesses and organizations to expand their skill set and obtain valuable experience alongside established mentors and professionals in their field, while enabling companies to develop the talent pool of the future professionals in STEM. NSF, DOL and the Florida IT Performance Grant support the endeavor, through the YES program, by providing, eligible students with financial support during their junior and senior internships conducted and at the employer’s premises. The program sponsors are the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the Florida IT Performance Grant.

  1. Year 1 (Junior Mentorship) Up to $5,000 Scholarship for the year ($2500 fall/$2500 spring, 30 weeks, 10-15 hours week).
  2. Year 2 (Senior Internship) Up to $17,500 stipend ($10,000 paid by the YES program funds, $7,500 match provided by the company per intern). (Summer {between Junior and Senior Year, 12 weeks, up to 40 hours/week}; Fall/Spring 30 weeks, 15-20 hours/week).