Cooperative Education

A co-op can be critically important to your career satisfaction but you must be aware that competition is tight for these opportunities. Thus, you must employ job search skills in a successful manner and must treat the anticipated co-op in a professional manner. Sometimes in a co-op, relocation might be required, and your anticipated date of graduation might be delayed six months to one year.

To learn more about this program, check out the information below concerning:

Eligibility
How to Apply
Placement
CO-OP Experience
Cooperating Agencies
Benefits


Eligibility

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Possess United States citizenship.
  • Possess the requisite number of credits (each agency has its own credit requirement).
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student.


How to Apply
You are required to submit a typewritten application (distribution of applications takes place in the Career Development Center) and a professional resume and cover letter.


Placement Process
Step 1
If you are selected for an interview, you must research the agency. The interview can last up to two hours, including a 45-minute period for an on-site writing sample. Remember to dress professionally for the interview.

Step 2
If you pass this phase, you will be administered a medical exam and a fitness test. Each agency has its own stringent physical requirements with eyesight standards being the greatest factor eliminating students.

Step 3 
If you are qualified up to this point, you will then undergo an extensive background investigation. Disqualifying factors here have shown to be drug use, a criminal record, driving infractions and overextended credit cards.


CO-OP Experience
Successful applicants at this point will be given a start date with the agency. The work schedule can vary between full and part-time work. Upon completion of 640 hours, the co-op student is then sent to the appropriate 16-week training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia and is sworn in as an agent upon graduation from this program.

PLEASE NOTE
In seeking a successful co-op applicant, agencies look for the same successful job search skills as any other business or agency hiring personnel. You can and should take advantage of workshops and services offered by the Career Development Center that enable you to become job placement ready.


Cooperating Agencies
John Jay College currently has cooperative education agreements with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF&E); the United States Marshal's Service; United States Customs; the Department of Justice (DOJ) as well as Inspector General programs with the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Co-ops are offered whenever administrators of the above agencies decide there is a need for new agents, and budgetary considerations warrant recruitment of co-op candidates. There is no set schedule for co-op recruitment. When a co-op is open, it will be publicized on John Jay Careers Online and in the Career Development Center.


Benefits
The benefits of a co-op are similar to the benefits of internships: career exploration is facilitated, textbook knowledge is compared with the real world of work; co-ops provide money to assist with undergraduate expenses and most importantly, after graduation, job prospects are markedly upgraded after the cooperative education experience.

To learn more about these programs, visit the Career Development Center, call 212.237.8435 or email interncooped@jjay.cuny.edu.