Congratulations! You’ve gotten a co-op offer! What is the next step?
Carefully consider any offers you receive prior to accepting one. Once you accept an offer in any way, including verbally, the Center for Career Discovery & Development (C2D2) will expect you to honor your commitment. If you need more information before accepting, ask the employer further questions and talk over the offer with your graduate co-op advisor.
You will need a written offer letter from the company prior to registering your job with Georgia Tech.
1. Enter the placement information about your graduate co-op/internship job in the Experiential Learning Information form via the Expierential Learning tab of CareerBuzz, https://gatech-csm.symplicity.com/students. You must update department/supervisor information at the beginning of your work term. In planning the beginning and end dates of work with your employer, remember that you must work at least 15 weeks during a fall or spring semester and at least 10 weeks during a summer semester.
2. Attach a copy of your offer letter into Placement Documents via the Experiential Learning tab of CareerBuzz. (The attachments section is located at the bottom of the Experiential Learning Information form.)
3. Upload a copy of your completed & signed academic approval form from your academic advisor
4. Review and sign the Graduate Co-op/internship Contract & Checklist (Adobe PDF file) and attach it in the Placement Documents section.
5. Meet with your graduate co-op advisor to have your placement information approved and to obtain a permit for the COOP course. You will be issued a permit for the COOP course only if you complete Steps 1-4 above. If your job is 35 miles or more away from campus, you can also obtain a housing cancelation form from your advisor during this meeting.
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Special Instructions for Graduate Co-ops/Interns with F-1 Visas
To use Curricular Practical Training (CPT)* students should follow these steps:
A. Prior to each work term, provide the name of employer, mailing address, and the exact starting and ending dates of work for the work semester. These dates should be coordinated with the employer before you provide them to your grad co-op advisor and should be for at least the minimum number of work weeks described in B-2 above.
B. The advisor will request that you be allowed to work in the U.S. and OIE will facilitate this approval.
C. Pick up your approved I-20 from OIE after you receive an e-mail that it is ready.
D. Obtain a social security card if you do not already have one.
*Turn-around time is 5 business days for CPT