The Co-op Program at USC follows two formats:
Parallel- Students work twenty hours per week
while attending full-time at USC, for three consecutive *semesters.
Alternating- Students will work a minimum of two
**semesters full-time (40 hrs/wk) while alternating semesters of working and
attending school. This option allows for students to live and work in other
parts of the country.
* semester = fall, spring or summer
** = student must be in classes, with a minimum of 12
hours, one of the two main semesters of an academic year- either fall or spring
in order to be a full time student (15 hours to maintain scholarships)
A prospective co-op student must:
- Be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.5) at the University of South
- Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours prior to co-op start date;
- Co-op students must have 1 full-time semester enrollment left at the University
of South Carolina (unable to co-op during final semester unless completing a
- Obtain a full access account in JobMate (requires resume
- Complete "Report a Co-op Hire" in JobMate prior to the add/drop date
each semester that the student will be working;
- Meet with Program Coordinator in the Career Center to complete co-op enrollment
International students must be approved by
USC’s International Student Services
office and complete a Curricular Practical Training application.
*Other requirements will be specified
during the individual student enrollment meeting and are included in the Student
- Log in to your JobMate account and click on "Report a Co-op Hire " located in the
- Review the co-op Student Agreement and
agree to terms by adding your initials when you report your co-op in JobMate
- A Career Center Program Coordinator will contact you once you have submitted
your co-op hire in JobMate
- Student must satisfy a 2-semester requirement for USC, and/or additional
semesters as established with co-op employer
Why do I Need to Report my Hire?
You will receive a notation on your transcript to identify the
semester that you worked
2. Reporting ensures that you will retain your “full-time”
student status and will not have to re-apply to the University
3. Reporting ensures that a Program Coordinator in the Career
Center will contact you to schedule an enrollment meeting
If you are interested in finding a co-op, drop by during walk-in hours
Monday-Friday from 1pm-4pm to talk with a staff member.