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Case Western Reserve University invites you to participate in our Cooperative Education Program. Our rich history in cooperative education, close partnerships with employers, and our talented and motivated students make the Case co-op program a benefit for all who participate.

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Co-op is a full-time, paid work experience for the duration of summer/fall or spring/summer. Students work in a position relevant to their major field of study. The first co-op takes place during the junior year and students are encouraged to co-op for a second time in their senior year. Co-op is voluntary, non-credit, and proper registration for co-op maintains full time status for students.

Co-op is a formalized academic program and is considered an extension of the classroom. Co-op provides students with a comprehensive education that blends curriculum with meaningful work experience and adds a unique dimension to the student’s education. Co-op accelerates and inspires intellectual, personal and professional development.

Some Co-Op History

Cooperative education in the United States began in 1906 in Ohio at the University of Cincinnati. It has since grown nationwide to include approximately 1,000 public and private colleges and universities with a student enrollment of over 200,000. Understanding the importance and benefits of cooperative education for both student and employers, Case Western Reserve University initiated its Cooperative Education Program in the 1979-1980 academic years.

Features of the Case Co-Op Program

The co-op staff and faculty regard our students as highly talented individuals who have tremendous potential for being future leaders in industry and business. Thus, the co-op procedures and requirements are carefully constructed to support this vision. Our preparation course for students, taken the semester prior to the actual start of the co-op work term, provides one-on-one coaching sessions, panel presentations and seminars that prepare the student to begin their co-op with confidence in their ability to make a significant contribution to their co-op company.

With the financial support of the Fenn Foundation, the co-op staff is currently focused on creating partnerships with energy related companies which in turn, will provide co-op opportunities for our students.

The program staff and faculty are committed to maintaining a high quality of co-op learning. Thus, we agreed to the attributes of cooperative education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE). In February 2009, the Case Co-op Program conducted a rigorous self study required to continue our accreditation status. During ACCE’s annual meeting in May 2009, CWRU was granted the honor of being re-accredited through 2014. The Case Co-op Program was first accredited in 2000.

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