The Cooperative Education Department believes in the value of experience-based learning. Our mission is to engage students in a process of active learning that links work experience with opportunities for critical analysis and reflection.
Nationally Recognized Co-op Internship Program
One of the major premises underlying LaGuardia’s educational model is that learning takes place in many different settings, both in and outside of the classroom. For over three decades, the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Department has played a major role in educating students for the workplace. Working in partnership with employers, the program connects classroom learning with the skills and competencies needed in the workplace, helping to provide metropolitan area employers with qualified, motivated, technically trained Co-op interns. Most of the associate degree programs offered at LaGuardia require students to take a specific number of internships depending on their major. While students are on an internship, they attend an evening or Saturday seminar class. Students are graded for each successfully completed full-time and/or part-time three month internship experience.