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COP202 Cooperative Education/Internships

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cooperative Education/Internship Course?

The Cooperative Education/Internship Course (COP202) integrates seminar sessions with an approved and supervised work experience directly related to the student's major program of study. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work and participate in approximately 12-15 hours of seminar sessions.

Is this a required course?

COP202 is required in the following programs of study:

Accounting
Digital Graphic - Integrated Media
Marketing
Management
Computer Applications
Computer Programming
Computer Networking
Culinary Arts & Food Service
Executive Administrative Assistant
Legal Administrative Assistant
Medical Administrative Assistant
Hospitality & Tourism

Are there prerequisites?


Yes. Students must (1) have completed at least 27 credits in their program of study, (2) have taken and passed CMP101 Composition 1, and (3) have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Is participation in the 12-15 hour seminar sessions required?

Yes. COP202 is an academically based course with either on-site or online class participation required.

When is it offered?

It is offered each semester: fall, winter/spring and summer.

Where is it offered?

It is offered on site and online depending on the semester.

Can a student use his/her current job?

Yes, a student may use his/her current job (1) if it directly relates to your program of study, (2) you are NOT working for a family member, and (3) you are working in a supervised environment. A Cooperative Education/Internship placement coordinator must approve a student's work site related to his/her academic major at the time of registration. Call (978)739-5511 for further information.

Is there placement assistance for a student who does not have a job related to his/her major?

Assistance in securing an approved work placement is available if needed. Students should allow at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the course to take advantage of job assistance which will include creating a resume, participating in job search activities, and receiving tips on interview techniques. Call (978)739-5511 for assistance or for further information.

What are the employer's responsibilities?

Your employer will be contacted to verify employment and to check on your work performance through on-site visits, telephone calls and written surveys.

Do I have to take COP202 if I already have work experience in my chosen field of study?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may complete the "COP202 Exemption Form to Waive Program Requirement" to request a waiver. The form can be downloaded from the department/program web page.

How do I know if I meet the eligibility criteria?

To waive COP202, you must be able to demonstrate that you have relevant full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in your major field of study within the last 3 to 5 years. Upon verification of the information you provide on the "COP202 Exemption Form to Waive Program Requirement", you will be notified by mail as to the approval/disapproval of your request to waive the course.

What happens if the waiver is approved?

If waiver is approved, you must substitute either a 3-credit business elective or a 3-credit open elective depending upon the course requirements outlined on your particular program of study.

What happens if the waiver is NOT approved?

You must take the COP202 course to fulfill the graduation requirement.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Matthew Qualter at mqualter@northshore.edu or call (978) 739-5511.

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