Information Systems

Frequently Asked Questions about the IS Co-op

Q: I am an International Student. Can I still apply for the Information Systems Co-Op?

As an International student, assuming you meet all the requirements (GPA, CSC121, CIS and IST coursework) you can apply for the IS Co-Op program. The only thing that changes is the number of work sessions. The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requirement limits you to 12 months of experience. You would be able to complete only 1 1/2 sessions of the Co-Op experience. We would help monitor your time in the field.

Q: I am currently enrolled in IST 211 but am an Engineering major - can I still apply for the Co-op?

No, you need to be an Information Systems major within the Monte Ahuja College of Business to apply for the IS Co-Op program. There are co-operative programs in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. However, once you declare Information Systems as your major, you can apply for the IS Co-Op program. (You can declare Information Systems as your major by making an appointment with an undergraduate advisor in BU 219. Learn more about Undergraduate Advising here.)

Q: What classes do I need to have completed before applying for the IS Co-Op?

As a IS major, you should have completed IST 211. It's best to apply the semester before you'd like to start. Ideally, you’ll apply when you are enrolled in IST 211.

Q: The IS Co-Op requirements state that students should be full-time students. The first Co-Op Session is in Summer2 (July). Do I have to take classes in Summer 1?

No, you don’t need to take classes in the Summer sessions prior to the start of the Co-Op. As long as you’re considered a full-time student you can participate in the IS Co-Op.

Q: Will my health insurance cover me during my Co-Op sessions?

We will work with the Registrar’s office to ensure you are viewed as a full-time student and receive all the benefits associated with that status.

Q: Do I complete all rotations with the same employer?

Because students are entrusted with increasing levels of challenge and responsibility if they continue with the same employer, students are expected to remain with their initial employer unless they are dissatisfied with the experience.

Q: What is the likelihood of obtaining a Co-Op assignment?

Co-Op assignments are obtained on a competitive basis through an interview process and, therefore, are dependent on factors such as grades, class status, personal presentation, communication skills and other variables. The large majority of student who elect to participate in the program obtain Co-Op assignments.

Q: What happens if I don't get a Co-Op assignment?

Cleveland State University has many Co-Op jobs available and the Co-Op coordinator will work closely with the student to help them obtain a suitable position. However, due to market conditions, economic circumstances or other factors, a student may not get a Co-Op job in a given semester. In that case, they may return to classes and begin the process of applying for Co-Op jobs for the next semester.

Q: Can I work full-time and take classes at the same time?

A majority of the IST courses are taught in the evenings. It’s possible to work and take classes at the same time. However, during a Co-Op session, work takes precedence over classes.

Q: I already have a job. Can I get Co-Op credit for it?

Yes, as long as the employer will agree to the requirements of the IS Co-Op program. The IS Co-Op coordinator will determine if an employer meets the requirements.