Cooperative education programs (co-ops) are highly structured co-curricular work experiences often lasting up to a year or more. This year we've launched our own, the Kogod Cooperative Education Pilot Program (Kogod Co-Op), as an extension of our commitment to meaningful, practical, experiential learning.
What Is the Kogod Co-Op?
The Kogod Co-Op is the first co-op program at AU and the first among its business school competitors in the DC area. Participants complete a six-to-twelve-month intensive paid internship intended to turn into full-time employment after graduation. Students gain résumé-worthy professional experience while also earning credit toward their degree.
We partner closely with employers, facilitate the interview process, and provide support throughout. Kogod Co-Op employers can be large, mid-size, or young growing organizations. For the 2021 pilot, we began with a small number of employers, and we expect to expand co-ops to additional organizations in both the commercial and federal space in 2022 as we grow the program.
Who Is the Co-Op For?
Currently, the Kogod Co-Op is open to full-time residential MBA students and online MBA students who have completed their first academic year or first two academic terms. We plan to grow the program and eventually open it up to students in other graduate and undergraduate programs. Co-ops are especially helpful for international students looking to secure employment in the United States after graduation. Current students can visit our current student hub for eligibility details (login required.)
Not Eligible for Co-Op Yet? Check out our Guide to Business School Internships.
Where Will I Work?
If you apply and are accepted into a co-op, you'll be working for University-approved employers who have made years-long commitments to build their talent pipelines with Kogod students. As we build the program, our list of partners will continue to grow. Current co-op employers include:
- 2U, an online educational services platform.
- Aptive Resources, a modern consulting firm focused on human experience, data science, digital services, technology integration, and design.
- Assured Consulting Solutions, a firm that partners with federal agencies to solve complex technology, information, security, and data challenges.
- Take2 Consulting, creators of Everything as a Service (XaaS), a platform in which expertise is housed in a cloud and delivered to customers on demand.
- Defense Intelligence Agency, a federal intelligence agency under the Department of Defense specializing in defense and military intelligence.
What Will I Do during My Co-Op Experience?
A lot. Thanks to the thorough nature of the application process, employers are hiring students they trust to do real work. Due to the length of the program, six to twelve months, you'll be able to follow through on longer-term projects you might not get to work on during a summer internship or single semester project. Our co-op students work as business analysts, corporate strategists, management consultants, product marketers, program managers, and more. They do everything from market analysis, budgeting, new product development, technological implementations, process improvement, and much more.
"In our co-op program, students (international and US) are gaining focused training, building stronger industry skills, and developing deeper relationships with their co-op employers that can lead to a full-time job offer," says Angela Petras, assistant dean of experiential learning, who leads the Kogod Co-ops.
Not yet ready for the Co-Op? Explore our experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including our entrepreneurship incubator, pro bono consulting projects, and internships.