Intent to Co-op
Once a student attends a co-op orientation session, he/she confirms their interest in participating in co-op by completing an “Intent to Co-op” document that outlines the academic responsibilities and expectations of the program. The filing of this form with the co-op coordinator does not constitute acceptance into the co-op program; students are admitted into the program upon the approval of the department chair/academic advisor and co-op coordinator.
Professional Co-op Agreement
Once an offer of co-op employment has been extended by an organization and accepted by a UMass Lowell student, all of the co-op partners, including the University, enter into an agreement that outlines the expectations and responsibilities for all parties. It is the co-op student’s responsibility to initiate the completion of the co-op agreement. The co-op agreement forms have several required parts and all must be on file with the Career and Co-op Center prior to the start of student employment.
Co-op Learning Objectives
A key component in any co-op experience is the development of learning objectives. The co-op student, in consultation with their supervisor, identifies achievable performance objectives early in the co-op period and submits this information to their co-op coordinator. The employer and student monitor these goals throughout the employment term. Following are forms to facilitate and develop learning objectives.
Co-op Evaluation Forms
At the conclusion of each co-op work experience, an evaluation of the student is completed by the employer. Many employers also offer their co-op student an opportunity to present the specific projects and outcomes of their co-op employment to members of their work team or managers.
Industrial Experience ContractIndustrial Experience Contract is utilized by undergraduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and undergraduates and international students who are not enrolled in the Professional Co-op Program and all graduate students at the University. The Industrial Experience contract consists of four parts (or five parts for international students):
International students please read Curricular Practical Training regualations for F-1 Students (doc).