Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education programs allow you to connect your academic knowledge with the business and professional world.

Cooperative Education (Co-op) at a Glance

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA, minimum 60 credits
  • Earn credit towards your degree (Substitutes for courses in your degree program)
  • Gain relevant work experience
  • 3 Credits per semester, for a total of 6 credits (two semester minimum, four maximum)
  • Approximately 10 hours per week, totaling 150 hours (per semester)
  • Evaluation is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory

Co-op experiences are embedded into 18 undergraduate degree programs at Wilmington University:

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Behavioral Science
  • Business Management
  • Communication
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Liberal Studies
  • Finance
  • Game Design and Development
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Design
  • Psychology
  • Video and Motion Graphics
  • Web Information Systems

Note: Students are not able to accept opportunities with home-based business/organizations.

Getting Started

Step 1

Log in to Handshake to explore positions. You’ll need to create a Handshake account, create a resume or upload an existing resume. Now you’re ready to apply for a position.

Step 2

Schedule an appointment with a Work-Integrated Learning specialist to receive credit.

Office of Work-Integrated Learning
DAC, Room 129
New Castle Campus 

International students must receive an approval from the office of International Admission before starting a position.

WilmU Co-op Scholarship Application

To be considered for this scholarship at Wilmington University, students must be enrolled at Wilmington University or have already been accepted. Scholarship documents must be submitted as a complete package with the scholarship application. Scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average
  • Minimum 60 credits
  • Will work in an unpaid, co-op position for the upcoming semester
  • Must have a minimum of two semesters of school remaining
  • Past Scholarship winners are not eligible for future awards
  • Attach the most recent version of your resume
  • Send all scholarship materials to

Download Wilmington University Co-op Scholarship Application

Frequently Asked Questions

A: A CAP/Co-op program experience is a multi-semester program (2 minimum, with a maximum of 4, ideally consecutive). Students will have the opportunity to complete 10-15 hours of work experience per week resulting in approximately 300-600 total hours and may include additional faculty assigned work.

A: Co-op position can be created by working with the Office of Work-Integrated Learning or students can find positions on their own with approval from the Office of Work-Integrated Learning.

A: An approved Co-op experience will substitute for a required internship in a student's major.

A: CAP/Co-op job experiences are not guaranteed because there are many factors that may affect availability, including the employment market. Therefore, faculty in the Work-Integrated Learning department cannot control, predict or guarantee whether you will be offered a Co-op experience in the semester you desire to work.

CAP/Co-op confirmations of job assignments/offers are left to the discretion of the employer and only the employer.