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Co-op Program

The Widener Co-op Program is a great way for eligible students to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation. 

What is Co-op (Cooperative Education)?

The co-op program provides students with a combination of classroom study and work experience. Widener offers a rare approach to co-op: 12 months of work experience while still graduating in four years.

You will gain valuable insight to your potential career field, learn new skills and expand your professional network.  The co-op program has provided services to students and employers for over 30 years and has built an excellent reputation with many top regional companies.

Who is Co-op for?

The program is available to students in the School of Business Administration and School of Engineering, as well as Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

How do I register for Co-op?

Registration occurs almost a year prior to your co-op experience. This provides ample time to participate in required professional development to help you secure a choice position.

  • To participate in the Fall semester, you need to register online before the end of the Fall semester, the year prior to participation.
  • To participate in the Spring semester, you need to register online by April 1st the year prior to participation.

Registering is required to participate in the co-op program. Registering does not commit you to the program, but allows you to gain more information about the co-op process.

Register now for the Widener Co-op Program.

If the link above does not work for you or to learn more about the program, e-mail Laura Bickert Ciarlello at llbickert@widener.edu.

Current Co-op Students

Newly registered students

Below are important documents that you must read through if you are registered for co-op:

Students who have attended co-op orientation.

  • Fall 2013 prospective co-op students must commit in writing to your co-op advisor by January 22, 2012.
  • Spring 2014 prospective co-op students must commit in writing to your co-op advisor by April 22, 2013.

Students who attended co-op orientation AND have committed to the program.

  • Attend interview workshop. Submit revised and updated resume to co-op advisor.
  • Participate in Mock Interview Day.
  • Schedule and meet with your co-op advisor for a one-on-one meeting.
  • Abide by and complete all university policies and paperwork by deadlines for housing, financial aid, and course registration.

Co-op Calendar/Scheduling Options

Students may select any of the following co-op schedules or may create their own schedule with approval from the co-op program and their academic advisor.

Sample 12-Month Experience Option

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior Class Class Work
Senior Work Class Work

 

Sample 8-Month Experience Option #1

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore   Class Class
Junior Class Class Work
Senior Work Class Class

 

Sample 8-Month Experience Option #2

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior Class Work Work
Senior Class Class Class

 

Sample 4-Month Experience

  Summer Fall  Spring
Freshman   Class Class
Sophomore Class Work Class
Junior   Class Class
Senior   Class Class