FAQ for Students
Q. What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?
A. It is a experiential work-based learning academic program that assists students with field experiences related to their academic major(s). Co-op on your resume or job application signals an employer that you have combined education and work or internship based experience and have more to offer than the average job-seeker. Coop is a function of CareerLink (a UH Maui College students Career Resource center that provides assistance with internship assistance, career readiness skills and preparation for soliciting employment). Visit us at Ka Lama Building, room 101, Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or schedule an appointment with us. For more information call 984-3318 or email careerLK@hawaii.edu.
Q. Who can enroll in Co–op?
A. It is open to ALL students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have completed 2 or more semesters in your program of study. Students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism (HOST), Business Technology (BUSN), Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET), Administration of Justice (AJ), Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT), Sustainable Science Management (SSM) programs are required to complete an internship in order to graduate. Liberal Art (LBRT) majors are highly encouraged to take Co-op.
Q. Do I earn college course credits and how many internship hours are required? Is it a paid opportunity too?
A. Yes, you may earn credits, register for the appropriate Co-op course in your major and number of credits per semester. For example, LBRT majors register for CASE 193V. Each credit requires 75 internship hours (1 credit = 75 hours, 2 credits = 150 hours, and 3 credits = 225 hours). Volunteer /internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on whether the volunteer/internship site has monetary funds to offer. Most volunteer /internship sites are unpaid, though some programs have provided funding for paid internship opportunities.
Q. Is Co-op a class?
A. Yes – you will be required to meet with the instructor for orientation and attend mandatory monthly in-class structured seminarsand coordinate monthly individual appointment with the instructor You will not meet on a weekly basis, but will interact through Laulima Course Management site. Monthly meetings and individual appointments count towards attendance is graded. Students will receive credit based on your ability to meet the volunteer/internship performance goals, fulfillment of learning objectives of Co-op, attendance at class and individual appointments, and adherence to assignment deadlines via Laulima.
Q. What kinds of volunteer/internships are available?
A. Students are responsible to solicit volunteer/internship site, the instructor will assist. Students are required to experience this process similar to seeking a job. Students must prepare a resume and cover letter. Sites are required to be secured by August 30 (Fall semester), June 15 (Summer class session) and January 31 (Spring semester). Internship sites can vary. They could be hotel resorts; the County of Maui; Health organizations; sustainable technologies; technology; Maui Arts and Cultural Center; Haleakala National Park; education; small and major businesses. Visit CareerLink at Ka Lama Bldg. Room 101 to see a list.
Q. Can I use my own job and get Co–op credit?
A. Yes, with approval from the Co-op instructor or your program major instructor. Check with them first! Learning should be a new process or new department to enhance your overall learning experience.
Q. Can international students enroll in Co–op?
A. Yes, some are required to because of their majors. Others can check to see if they are eligible. It is a complicated process so we advise F-1 visa students to check with Co-op early.
Q. How do I go about registering for a cooperative education class?
A. Within your major will be a class that may have these course numbers: 93V, 193V, 293V, 392V or 393V. The “V” at the end of each course number is for “variable credit”. You may register for 1, 2 or 3 credits depending on your major and availability. Registration takes place within MyUH at http://myuh.hawaii.edu. However, your Program Coordinator of your major and/or Counselor may require prerequisite courses.
- Accounting: ACC 193V
- Administration of Justice: AJ 293V
- Agriculture: AG 193V
- Auto Body Repair & Painting: ABRP 93V
- Automotive Technology: AMT 93V
- Business: BUS 193V, 393V
- Business Technology: BUSN 193V
- Electronics Computer Engineering Technology: ETRO 193V, 293V
- Fashion Technology: FT 93V
- Liberal Arts: CASE 193V
- Maintenance: MAIN 93V
- Sustainable Science Management: SSM 392V
Q. What days and times does our class meet?
A. A calendar for the entire semester indicating class dates will be provided. You will select one class out of the week to attend on a monthly basis. Kindly provide updates to your instructor as needed, and meet in-class monthly to participate with important employment and financial preparation workshops. Topics may include Union versus Non-Union employment, Retirement, Sexual Harassment, Health Plan Options, and other vital employment topics.
Q. Can I list an internship in my resume?
A. Yes you can! Listing your internship(s) in your resume lets prospective employers know that you may have received some on-the-job training.
Q. Where can I find more information about the Co-op program?
A. Contact Juliana “Juli” Patao Coop Instructor/CareerLink Director at (808) 984-3348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQ for Employers
Q. Should I be concerned about Risk and Liability while hosting an intern/volunteer student?
A. Our students sign a UHMC Waiver and Release Form. You may be required to have your student intern/volunteer sign a company Accident/ Risk and Liability Waiver and Release of Liability Form before they start.
Q. How many hours can a student intern/volunteer work in a day? in a week?
A. In compliance with federal and state laws, an intern may work less than 19 hours per week at their internship site. If an employer prefers for a student to work more than 19 hours per week, the employer will be required to employ the student. Student intern/volunteers need to complete 75 hours per credit hour before the end of the semester.
- 1 credit course = 75 hours
- 2 credit course = 150 hours
- 3 credit course = 225 hours
Student’s availability may depend on many outside factors such as: class schedule, family obligations, a job they are currently holding, etc. Talk with your intern/volunteer regarding your expectations and their availability. Some students may be able to work more than four (4) hours a day, Monday through Friday, especially if they enrolled in a 2 or 3 credit course.
Q. What should I expect from my student intern/volunteer during Midterm and Finals Week?
A. Midterm and Finals week are important and stressful events for students. Some students may need time off to complete examinations during this period. Discuss with your student volunteer/intern regarding their schedule commitments and if any changes should be expected.