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Co-op Program

Co-op Program FAQs

  1. When am I eligible to enter the program?
    • You need to have completed the first half of your junior year curriculum to participate in the program. Check with your academic advisor and with the Co-op office if you are unsure about meeting this requirement. International students should check with International Student Affairs to make sure they meet the eligibility requirements based on their immigration status.
      For MS CS qualifications see handbook
  2. Are there any GPA requirements?
    • Yes. Normally you must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher to participate. For MS - CS the minimum GPA is 3.2
  3. What is the length of the Co-op experience?
    • Normally it runs from six to eight months, incorporating the Spring semester and the summer months, or the summer months and the Fall semester.
  4. Am I allowed to take courses while on a Co-op assignment?
    • No. During the Fall or Spring semester you will maintain matriculation at Hofstra University by paying the requisite fee (for 2015/16 it is $187 per term), but you will not be taking any courses. You are expected to be a fulltime employee during your assignment.
  5. Do I complete only one Co-op assignment?
    • The Hofstra Co-op experience is designed to allow for only one six to eight month working period. That way you should be able to complete your education in 4 ½ years, without having to take summer session classes to meet degree requirements. The one extended work period also gives adequate time for you to extract a maximum amount of experience in a company environment.
  6. What kind of salary will I make?
    • The exact salary depends on the employer you work for, but as a general rule, Co-op salaries are in the range of $16/hr. - $22/hr. per hour.
  7. How to apply?
  8. What companies are currently seeking Co-op students?
    • Refer to the website list.
  9. Do I have to pick which company my resume will be sent to?
    • No. The office will send your resume to companies that will be a good fit for your skills and aspirations, and will notify you when a company expresses interest in interviewing you.
  10. Are all applicants guaranteed a Co-op position?
    • We cannot guarantee everyone will be offered a position with one of our participating companies but we will make every effort to place our students. Obviously you have to make a good impression on an interview to be accepted, and if your focus is on only a limited number of companies based on your interests or your location requirements, the likelihood of a match diminishes somewhat.
  11. Can transfer students participate in the program?
    • Yes, keep in mind that all transfer students must meet the same class standing eligibility requirement.
  12. How do I find out if I have been offered a Co-op position?
    • The company will contact you by letter, phone or email to apprise you of their offer of a position. When that happens, please let our office know of the job offer.
  13. Suppose several companies offer me a position. What do I do?
    • First you should be very pleased that you have options. As with any other job-seeker, go with the one you think is most in line with your interests. But remember that you have a limited time allotted by the company to make your decision, and be sure to notify the other companies whose offers you decline, also within the allotted time for a decision. You will also have to complete a Co-op Offer Acceptance Form for the Hofstra Co-op office.
  14. Must I accept an offer if I receive only one offer?
    • No, you are not obligated to accept an offer made to you, but you must notify the company of your declining it within the timeframe set for a response. Once you accept an offer, you should feel obligated to honor your commitment to the company. That is also why you should carefully research a company before interviewing with it.
  15. What if I am let go from a company before my term ends for reasons other than poor work performance?
    • Sometimes companies may let employees go for economic reasons. In those cases you will return to school at your next scheduled semester.
  16. Does participation in the Co-op program jeopardize my graduation in terms of courses being available in a timely fashion?
    • No. When you begin your co-op experience, you have completed most of your core courses in your degree program. Suitable technical electives and design courses are offered in sufficient frequency, as are remaining required courses, to complete your degree in 4 ½ years. When you have accepted a Co-op position for a given semester and summer, you can work with your faculty advisor to plan out the courses you will need to take when you return to academic life.
  17. Can I live on campus during my Co-op experience?
    • Yes, provided you follow the normal arrangements with the housing office at Hofstra University for reserving a room and making payments.
  18. What about living arrangements if my Co-op job is far from Hofstra?
    • Most companies will offer you some assistance in relocating and finding suitable housing, but if they don’t you will have to find your own housing. This subject should be discussed during your interview. Obviously you have to factor this added cost in time and money in choosing a position far from Hofstra or from your home.
  19. What happens to my financial aid?
    • Your financial aid will placed on temporary hold while you are on your Co-op assignment. However, when you return to the University as a full-time student your financial aid will resume.
  20. Is there any fee associated with the Co-op Program?
    • No, you do not pay any fees to make use of the Hofstra SEAS Co-op Program. You do, however, need to pay the matriculation fee to maintain status as a continuing student.
  21. Do I get academic credit for Co-op work?
    • No, you will not receive any academic credit or grade for the completion of the Co-op assignment. However, successful completion of the program will be noted on your transcript.
  22. May I continue part-time with my Co-op position after my term ends?
    • Normally you need to return to full-time studies at the end of your term, so no continued association is expected. However, if a company expresses an interest in having you continue to work for them part-time while you return to full-time student status it would be at your discretion to continue that association.
  23. Can I work part-time with another company during my Co-op term?
    • No, you are expected to devote your full professional attention to the company that hired you as a Co-op student.
  24. What about vacation?
    • You should not schedule any vacation during your Co-op assignment.
  25. Can international students participate in the program?
    • F-1 international students are eligible to participate if they meet all requirements to obtain authorization for curricular practical training (CPT). Students should contact the International Student Affairs office for more information about CPT. Other international students should make sure they can participate in the Co-op program based on their immigration status. Please consult the International Student Affairs office to discuss.
  26. Can Graduate students particicpate in the program?
    • The answer is YES, see qualifications in the Handbook