Co-op Eligibility Requirements

Cooperative Education Eligibility Requirements for CCIS Undergraduate Students

Participation in co-op is not a right, but is based on students demonstrating readiness to have a successful cooperative learning experience, both in terms of their academic standing and by demonstrating responsibility.  Employers expect that students will act in a professional manner, meet deadlines, fulfill responsibilities, and use feedback to improve their performance. As Co-op Faculty Coordinators, we expect the same of students during the job search.

There are two main areas that we look at in determining co-op eligibility, academic progress and personal responsibility.


Co-op Prep Course

Take and be passing CS1210 the co-op prep course or equivalent in another major. This is normally taken the semester before starting the first co-op.

Be in at Least Sophomore CS Courses

Students are expected to have completed the freshman year CS classes and be progressing towards at least their third or fourth semester of CS classes prior to co-op.   Transfer students must be in at least their second semester of CCIS coursework before going on co-op.

Good Academic Standing

Students must have full-time student status and be in good academic standing to begin and continue their job search.   Students taking less than 12 credits, on Academic Probation or who have unresolved disciplinary issues are not eligible for co-op.

S Grade for Previous Co-ops

Students must have received a Satisfactory grade [S] and must have resolved any outstanding Incomplete grades for previous co-ops.  Students with I or U grades must work with their individual coordinators to re-establish eligibility in accordance with the policies and requirements of their program.


Make Sure Your Pattern is Correct

You must be in the correct pattern to go on co-op in fall or spring. Changes to pattern will depend on overall balance of students in each pattern. We will try, but may not be able to accommodate all pattern change requests.

Get Cleared Before the First Referral

Check the CCIS co-op calendar, all clearance steps must be performed by first clearance deadline, usually the first week in Oct or Feb. depending on cycle.

Professional Job Search

Follow guidelines in the Professional Standards Agreement form which outline professional behaviors expected during the job search in areas like meeting with your co-op coordinator, follow-up with employers and communications.   If you don’t follow these guidelines you will lose access to NU co-op resources and potentially co-op eligibility.

Get Your Job Approved

Students must have all co-op jobs approved by their Co-op Faculty Coordinator prior to the start of employment. If the job is posted for CCIS in COOL it is automatically approved.

Pass Background/Drug Tests

Some co-op employers require screenings prior to or during employment, including physical examinations, criminal background checks, security clearances, and drug testing.  Failure to participate in, complete, or pass these types of qualifying screenings may impact the student’s eligibility and/or opportunities for co-ops with special hiring requirements.

International Students

International students must receive work authorization prior to working for each co-op.  Check with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator as soon as you accept an offer as this process can take up to 3 weeks.


If a student does not meet the above requirements and/or the student’s Co-op Faculty Coordinator has determined he or she is ineligible to go on co-op for a desired session, the student may appeal to the CCIS Academic Standing Committee.  The Academic Standing Committee, upon hearing the student’s appeal, will recommend an appropriate course of action.  That recommendation is final and binding on all the parties.