Employer Role

To initiate student registration process for co-op or internship, the employer:

  1. Provides an offer letter on company letterhead to the student, providing information the student will use to complete the Career Services Co-op Acceptance Form.
    Whether the position will be ongoing or term-limited, the students complete a Co-op Acceptance Form each term to initiate registration.
    Review dates for each term on the Wright State University academic calendar
  2. Plans for a training period to familiarize the student with the job duties, as well as the policies and procedures of the organization.

The form the student completes to initiate co-op or internship registration is the Career Services Co-op Acceptance Form. To complete the form the student will need the following information from the employer:

  • Company name
  • Company website
  • Supervisor name
  • Supervisor title
  • Supervisor salutation (Dr. Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss)
  • Department or division of company, if applicable
  • Mailing address of company
  • Telephone of supervisor
  • Supervisor email address
  • Student job title
  • Student hourly wage
  • Number of hours per week the student will work
  • If a separate organization coordinates the students employment, the student will need that company name, company website, company phone, contact name and email

Student Role

To register for co-op or internship, a student who has secured a co-op or internship:

  1. Registers in advance for each term of work.
  2. Schedules an appointment with Career Services by calling (937) 775-2556.
  3. Communicates with supervisor so start and end dates for co-op and internship positions coincide with the academic calendar. Review Wright State University academic calendar »
  4. Enrolls in The Wright Search prior to registration for co-op, for tracking of co-op placements and grades.
  5. Submits all required information to the Career Services liaison on a Co-op Acceptance Form (provided by the Career Services liaison).

To complete the Co-op Acceptance form the student will need the following information from the employer:

  • Company name
  • Company website
  • Supervisor name
  • Supervisor title
  • Supervisor salutation (Dr. Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss)
  • Department or division of company, if applicable
  • Mailing address of company
  • Telephone of supervisor
  • Supervisor email address
  • Student job title
  • Student hourly wage
  • Number of hours per week the student will work
  • If a separate organization coordinates the students employment, the student will need that company name, company website, company phone, contact name and email

In addition, the student will need to report their own contact information, graduation month and year, current GPA from WINGS, major, class standing, degree.

Career Services Role

When registering a student for co-op or internship, Career Services:

  1. Verifies eligibility.
  2. Registers the student If student meets eligibility requirements and job meets expectations for field-related experience.
    The Registrar will not accept registration forms for students who have a hold on their account.
  3. Sends an email confirming the registration to the supervisor, with a copy sent to the student.
  4. Enters a record of the co-op or internship registration into The Wright Search.

Career Services advisers are available throughout the quarter to answer questions from supervisors or students.

International Students

  1. International students who want to work begin inquiries about work authorization in the University Center for International Education (UCIE). Students will complete paperwork for UCIE that is different from paperwork completed for Career Services.
    Because it is a multi-step process, students must initiate the Career Services and UCIE paperwork well in advance of the first week of the term.
    All Career Services paperwork for students registering under CPE 0910 must be processed and the registration received in UCIE before the first Friday of the term in which they plan to work. Students should not expect the process to be completed in a single day.
  2. Student informs the potential employer that they are intending to work on an international student visa.
  3. The student communicates with the supervisor so that the start and end dates for co-op and internship employment coincide with the academic calendar.
    Review Wright State University academic calendar
  4. After receiving an offer letter from an employer for an appropriate position, the international student schedules an appointment with Career Services by calling (937) 775-2556.
  5. The student enrolls in The Wright Search prior to registration for co-op, for tracking of co-op placements and grades.
  6. Submits all required information to the Career Services liaison, including employer offer letter and Co-op Acceptance Form.
    At the same time, the student should submit the CPT Application and Departmental Approval forms to the UCIE.
  7. Career Services sends to supervisor, via email, a blank International Cooperative Education Agreement.
    The process will not move forward and the student cannot begin work until the International Cooperative Education Agreement is returned, fully completed, to Career Services.
  8. When the supervisor or authorized secondary contact returns the completed International Cooperative Education Agreement to Career Services, the completed Agreement and the Registration Activity Form are delivered to the University Center for International Education (UCIE).
  9. UCIE reviews the collected paperwork and, as appropriate, authorizes the student for work and submits the registration to the Registrar.
  10. UCIE issues a confirming letter to the employer.
  11. International students may not begin work until the authorization has been issued.
    They may not begin work before the authorized start date.
  12. The student may not begin work until all paperwork is processed, the student is registered, and the employer has received authorization.

Additional regulations may apply to international students. For more detailed information, contact Career Services and the University Center for International Education.

To complete the Co-op Acceptance form the student will need the following information from the employer:

  • Company name
  • Company website
  • Supervisor name
  • Supervisor title
  • Supervisor salutation (Dr. Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss)
  • Department or division of company, if applicable
  • Mailing address of company
  • Telephone of supervisor
  • Supervisor email address
  • Student job title
  • Student hourly wage
  • Number of hours per week the student will work
  • If a separate organization coordinates the students employment, the student will need that company name, company website, company phone, contact name and email

In addition, the student will need to report their own contact information, graduation month and year, current GPA from WINGS, major, class standing, degree.


The co-op or internship experience appears on the student's official transcript. Some rights, privileges and advantages are conferred through full-time co-op or internship registration.

There are no fees associated with non-credit bearing co-op or internship registration designated as CPE, through Career Services.