Gold Seal Co-op Program

Experiential Learning began as the co-op office and has one of the largest and well-respected co-op programs in the United States. While we continue to help students and employers connect for more single-semester internships, we are invested to maintaining the excellence in our Accreditation Council for Co-op and Internship (ACCI) accredited Co-Op program. To this end we are creating the Gold Seal Co-op Program to provide tailored support to students seeking in-depth work experience during their academic program.

Benefits for Students

Throughout the Program

  • Access to a dedicated faculty advisor for tailored support
  • Priority appointments and early access to EL events
  • Priority on-campus interviews for co-op employers
  • Priority UCF Course Registration Appointments (registering for courses before other students!)

Before Applying to Positions

  • Custom Resume Review and Support
  • Access to program-specific position information
  • Access to special positions just for co-op students

During Co-op

  • Tailored Learning Goals with follow-up each semester
  • Innovative and supportive curriculum to maximize experience
  • Semester evaluations and reflective activities to support professional growth
  • Direct liaison between employer and university to ensure a high-quality experience

After Co-op

  • Documented experience on your UCF transcript
  • EL Gold Seal co-op certificate of completion for your professional portfolio
  • Letter of Recommendation from EL (upon successful completion)
  • Get Hired – Recent data suggests that 72.7% of co-op students are offered full-time employment

Student Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA Overall (3.0 for students with no UCF GPA).
  • Minimum credits: 20 semester hours total completed (all college credits)
  • At least two full semesters before anticipated graduation date (excluding current semester).
  • Attend a Co-op orientation.
  • Have resume reviewed and approved by EL Faculty Coordinator/EL Graduate Teaching Assistant and submit on Handshake (approved students will have a “gs-qualified” restricted label – only available for approved students).
  • Students must be registered for a co-op or academic course (0, 1, 2+ credits) each semester while employed by a co-op employer. Note, may incur fees.
  • Students must complete learning objectives, evaluations and any assignments associated with the co-op course.
  • Students must notify EL Faculty Coordinator or EL Graduate Teaching Assistant of any employment status changes (i.e. stopped working, start/end date changed, no longer continue in the position, etc).
  • GPA must be set to viewable to public (“hide from employers” checkbox must be unchecked) on Handshake.