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
- 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
- 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
- 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.