Cooperative Education Program

CoOp Programs provide in-depth experience...

VSB’s CoOp program provides students with the opportunity to experience complete immersion in a professional work environment, typically during their junior year. A CoOp experience is six months in length (fall: July-December; spring: January-June), during which time the student works at the sponsoring organization on a full-time basis. Work content mirrors that of an entry-level professional. 

Coincides with four-year graduation plan...

Students earn six academic credits for successful completion of a CoOp experience AND a competitive salary. The program is designed so that participating students maintain full-time student status and remain on track to graduate in four years by completing coursework before, during, and/or after the CoOp assignment.

Students reap benefits...

VSB selectively engages in CoOp relationships with companies (link to CoOp Progams 2nd subpage) committed to participating in the school’s strategic initiatives. In many instances, students participating in a CoOp will receive priority consideration for full-time entry-level opportunities upon graduation at the sponsoring organization.

Students who participate in a CoOp receive the following advantages:

  • Gain real-world out-of-classroom learning experience
  • Opportunity to explore possible career interests
  • Crystallize values and career goals
  • Earn hands-on experience that will enhance marketability when pursuing full-time positions upon graduation


To explore your eligibility to participate in a VSB CoOp, contact the Clay Center to schedule an appointment with an Assistant Director for Internships/CoOps.

Student Perspective

Click above to hear more about what students can expect from a Villanova CoOp.