What Is the CAP/Co-op Program?
Wilmington University’s CAP (Community & Academic Partnerships)/Co-op program is an academic program that allows students to connect academic knowledge with the business and professional world. The CAP/Co-op program expands learning experiences through employment in a supervised, educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study or career focus.
Co-op experiences are embedded into 18 undergraduate degree programs at Wilmington University:
- Accounting and Finance
- Allied Health
- Behavioral Science
- Business Management
- Computer and Network Security
- Criminal Justice
- Government and Public Policy
- Liberal Studies
- Game Design and Development
- Human Resource Management
- Media Design
- Video and Motion Graphics
- Web Information Systems
How Does a CAP/Co-op Experience Work?
A CAP/Co-op program experience is a multi-semester program (2 minimum, with a maximum of 4, ideally consecutive) with in-state and out-of-state opportunities. CAP/Co-op course enrollment is required for credit to be awarded for the experience. Co-op experiences are individually designed, but are typically at least two semesters with the same employer to maximize the opportunity for advanced application of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to complete 10-15 hours of work experience per week resulting in approximately 400-600 total hours and may include additional faculty assigned work. Students are also able to obtain full-time Co-op positions, providing the opportunity to complete 35-40 hours of work experience per week. Co-op experiences are cultivated by both the Wilmington University Office of Cooperative Education and students. Opportunities developed by students need approval from the Office of Cooperative Education before credit can be awarded. An approved Co-op experience will substitute for a required internship in a student’s major.
Am I Guaranteed a CAP/Co-op Assignment?
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 Cooperative Education 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.
Experiential Credit Options
For more information about the CAP/Co-op program, please contact:
Wilmington University Office of Cooperative Education
Peoples Building, Room 136
320 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Employers, please contact: (302) 356-2474
Students, please contact: (302) 356-6820