Students: Cooperative Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the California State University Sacramento Cooperative Education program, in partnership with faculty and employers, serves two purposes:

  • To provide upper division and graduate students with paid, degree-enhancing, professional work experience:
  • To foster the career development of lower division students by promoting and encouraging their involvement in experiential learning activities.

This mutually beneficial relationship encourages student growth by providing opportunities that link classroom theory with world-of-work practice. Cooperative Education empowers students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competitive job market while earning academic credit.


The Cooperative Education program works with students and employers to help students find paid Co-op positions, that relate to their academic majors.

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. Additionally, students must be a junior, senior or graduate student. Co-ops are high-level positions that allow students to directly apply what they have learned in their coursework.

Student Benefits of Cooperative Education

  • Gains practical knowledge of career field.
  • Enhances traditional classroom learning methods.
  • Augments resume and network of professional contact.
  • Brings greater meaning to education.
  • Increases professional self-confidence.
  • Improves academic competence when compared with students not participatiang in Coop.
  • Allows pre-test of career options.
  • Earns money while gaining college credit.

Cooperative Education Forms


College of Arts and Letters
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Michelle Okada
Career Center Main Office: Lassen 1013
Phone: 278.6827
Satellite Office for College of Engineering and Computer Science: Riverside 2012

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
College of Education

Kelly Van Zandt
Career Center Main Office: Lassen 1013
Phone: 278.6235

College of Business Administration
College of Business Office of Student Affairs
Phone: 278-5875

College of Health and Human Services
College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
Emanuel Melgarejo
Career Center Main Office: Lassen 1013
Phone: 278.6827
Satellite Office for College of Health and Human Services: Solano 5010