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The mission of the Stony Brook University Career Center Cooperative Education Program, in partnership with employers and faculty, is to provide students with paid, degree-enhancing, professional work experience. 


  • Encourage student growth by providing opportunities that link classroom theory with world-of-work practice in various industries
  • Empower students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competitive job market, while earning academic credit
  • Provide the practical foundation needed to gain admission to the top graduate schools

How does a Co-op Position Differ from an Internship?

While an internship may be paid or unpaid, a co-op position is always a paid position and students are required to enroll in an academic course for variable credit. Co-ops are high-level positions that allow students to directly apply what they have learned in their coursework and gain industry experience.

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