Cooperative Education Program (Co-op Program) administered by the Safety Sciences Department provides real-world safety experience for the students by having them work with safety professionals in industry. Students receive no academic credit for the Co-op experience. They receive a passing or failing grade, based on a performance evaluation by the site supervisor.
This is a minimum of a 12-week, 40-hour-per week program. The student is paid as an employee at the work site ($12–15/hour average). Safety Sciences faculty make no assignments for the Co-op student and do not evaluate the student's work.
Responsibilities for organizations that participate in the Co-op Program are generally the same as those of any employer-employee relationship. The employer, as a participating agency:
Through the Internship and Cooperative Education programs, the participating employer benefits in the following ways:
Students who meet university qualifications may be interviewed by participating employers. Employers should post the Co-op position on Handshake, IUP’s job opportunity page. The co-op should be posted three to six months before the start of the Co-op. Interviews may be held on the IUP campus, at the Career Fair, or conducted by telephone. The final selection of Co-op student is made by the employer.