Spring 2019:

All students interested in co-op and internships are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions in the Computer Lab in McCool 218 beginning January 14th.

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

For more details call 325-3823 or come by 335 McCain. Attend an information session to learn more about signing up for Co-op & Internship Interviews February 26th - 27th, 2019.

What is Co-op

“The Competitive Edge”

Want a job after graduation? That’s the goal, right? Studying and making the grade is no longer enough in today’s economy. Practical work experience related to your major field of study is the COMPETITIVE EDGE that can make the difference in your job search after graduation.

What is Cooperative Education?


Frequently Asked Questions!!

Q. When can I start a co-op position?

A. Freshmen level students are encouraged to apply for the Cooperative Education or Internship Programs. As an incoming freshman, we will begin working with you on your resume, interviewing skills, and overall professional development. However, most student will actually will begin the program as a sophomore or junior level student. If you are transferring as a sophomore or junior to Mississippi State, you will want to start right away.

Q. Will it take longer to graduate?

A. Yes, a semester or two, but that’s a small amount of time compared to the “big picture” and the pay-off is even bigger. Just think of your co-op time as experience gained up front–before graduation instead of after.

Q. What is my student status while at work?

A. Registered students at work are classified as full-time MSU students. Scholarships, student loan status and student health insurance are not affected.

Q. Do I stay with the same co-op employer?

A. Yes, this allows you to receive progressively challenging work assignments each time you return.

Q. Do I get academic credit for co-op?

A. Students receive three hours of credit for each co-op term, but the hours do not count toward degree requirements.

Q. How much is the tuition for a co-op work term?

A. Tuition is not assessed. A university fee of $25 is charged to the co-op student’s account.

Q. Am I responsible for housing when I am at work?

A. Yes, but suitable and affordable housing usually can be located through the employer or other co-op students.

Q. What is the work/school schedule I will follow?

A. Students generally follow an alternating work/school schedule for three semesters. Students in a mandatory co-op curriculum (PGA Golf Management and Golf and Sports Turf Management) may follow a different rotation.

Current Students

Specialized Co-Op Programs

Golf and Sports Turf Management

An Overview The Golf and Sports Turf Management (GSTM) curriculum consists of basic and applied courses in plant and soil science plus a core of courses in the humanities, social sciences and arts. The major career opportunities for GSTM graduates are in the golf and sports turf industry. New construction and renovation of private, daily fee, and resort golf courses have created a demand for trained golf course superintendents. Increased awareness of turf surface quality and player safety has heightened owner interest in employing qualified sports turf managers. This curriculum provides students with the education and experience to fill this need.

Mississippi State University's GSTM facilities include state of the art classrooms and laboratories plus an 18-hole championship golf course. Many GSTM majors have an opportunity to work for pay and gain valuable experience on the university course. The university course is also used daily as a teaching laboratory. The golf course superintendent holds a faculty position and gives classroom lectures and advice to GSTM majors.

A minimum of three semester of Cooperative Education work experiences are required of all GSTM majors. Through the Co-op program, students gain valuable experiences and knowledge at numerous prestigious golf courses and sports stadiums throughout the United States. Mississippi State University is presently the only school that offers a four year agronomy based degree in Golf and Sports Turf Management with an additional 12 months of experience required for graduation.

PGA Golf Management

The PGA Golf Management program at Mississippi State University is the second oldest program sanctioned by the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). Through this four and one-half year program students receive a B.B.A. degree in Marketing, sixteen months of practical work experience, complete the PGA Golf Management Program, and are eligibile to apply for membership in the PGA of America. As you can see, Mississippi State PGM students are given all the tools necessary to succeed in the golf business.

Co-Op Student of the Year

Guidelines & Application for the Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year

Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year Scholarship
Award sponsored by Huntington Ingalls (formerly Northrop Grumman)

Each year the Cooperative Education Program will recognize one outstanding co-op student for their academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place, and leadership in their respective organizations. The student needs to believe in the value and benefits of co-op but is not required to have been formally involved in co-op promotion activities.


  • 2.50/4.00 Overall GPA
  • Must have completed at least two work terms (one must be a non-summer term)
  • One work term must have been in the calendar year they are nominated
  • Must be an active co-op student
  • All co-op majors are eligible


  • $500.00 scholarship
  • Recognition plaque
  • Award to be given at a time when possible employers and faculty are on campus – such as lunch at co-op IVD so employer and faculty can be recognized
  • If the award recipient is an engineering student, the student application packet will be automatically submitted to participate in the CEED Student of the Year contest.
  • The award winner could possibly have their application packet be submitted for national award recognition to The Cooperative Education and Internship Association and Cooperative Education and Experiential Division of American Society of Engineering Educators. It will depend on individual qualifications.
  • The award will be presented at the Cooperative Education and Internship Interview Days held each fall in October. The luncheon presentation will allow us to recognize the faculty, student, employer, and award sponsor.

Application Process:

  • Letter goes out to all qualified students (see requirements)
  • Student must submit cover sheet, resume, two-page Student Statement, and letters of recommendation to Co-op Office
  • Student’s qualifications will be verified to make sure they meet the necessary requirements.
  • All complete application packets (including cover sheet, student resume and statement, and faculty and supervisor recommendation) will be forwarded to the selection committee.

 Student Application Packet:

  • Student of the Year nomination cover sheet
  • Letter of Recommendation from the student’s employer (Maximum 2 pages, typed, double spaced)
  • Letter of Recommendation from the student’s academic department (Maximum 2 pages, typed, double spaced)
  • Statement from the nominated student (2 pages, typed, double spaced)
  • Student’s most recent resume

Instructions for Employer Letter of Recommendation:
(Maximum 2 pages, typed, double spaced)  Topics to consider include:

  • The student’s work-related duties, quantity of work, and quality of work.
  • Examples of the student’s initiative or creative or original work.
  • Examples of how the student was challenged during their co-op assignment.
  • Any published papers, presentations, or other formal presentations of their work.
  • Any recognition or awards from the company.
  • The student’s involvement in the community.
  • The student’s involvement in improving the company’s co-op program.
  • The overall impact of this student on the department or company.
  • No work samples or additional documents will be accepted.

Instructions for University Letter of Recommendation:
(Maximum 2 pages, typed, double spaced)  Topics to consider include:

  • The student’s academic performance.
  • Examples of the student’s initiative or creative or original work.
  • Any recognition, honors or awards from the university or other organizations.
  • Any leadership positions.
  • The student’s involvement on campus and in the community.
  • The student’s service to co-op locally, regionally, or nationally.
  • The student’s relationship with the college/department.
  • The student’s character.
  • No work samples or additional documents will be accepted.

Instructions for Student Statement:
(2 pages, typed, double spaced) Student must include a copy of the most recent resume (no more than two pages).  Topics to consider include:

  • Detailed description of the co-op work experience.
  • Indicate how co-op has been beneficial to the classroom learning experience.
  • Indicate how co-op experiences have impacted college and future career.
  • Future career goals.
  • Achievements, awards, honors, and self initiative both on the job and in school.
  • Contributions to the employer, school and community.
  • No work samples or additional documents will be accepted.

Selection Committee & Criteria:
The committee will consist of three to five faculty members or co-op employers to be selected by the co-op staff.  The applications and evaluation sheets will be emailed to each committee member for review.

  Criteria Maximum Points
  Student’s Statement & Resume 35
  Grades & Academic Achievements 25
  Contributions to the co-op employer 25
  Extracurricular Activities 15

Application for the Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year

Current & Past Co-op Students of the Year

2017 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Chris Gomes
2016 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Brittany Eads
2015 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Jacob Johnson
2014 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Danielle Winans
2013 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Shaquia Idlett
2012 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Kelsey LeSaicherre
2011 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Mary Ann Murdock
2010 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year - Sam Sullivan

Co-Op Ambassadors

Co-op Ambassador Guidelines

We are looking for Co-op students with excellent leadership skills and enthusiasm for co-op who will be able to serve for a fall and spring semester before graduating. This is an opportunity for GREAT STUDENT LEADERS to get PAID experience on campus. Co-op Ambassadors will promote the Cooperative Education program and serve as direct links to students needing career assistance.


  • Learn Valuable Career Info
  • Enhance Your Presentation Skills
  • Interact With Employers
  • Help Students
  • Explore/Increase YOUR Career Options

Qualifications to Apply

  • Rising Junior or Senior
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Ability to work 15-20 hours per week for the academic year
  • Must have satisfactorily completed three Co-op work terms


The Co-op Ambassadors will be required to participate in a training with other student groups working in the Career Center. This will be conducted right after school starts in the fall semester.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting walk-in students with questions regarding the Co-op Program, reviewing resumes and cover letters, answering the telephone and other Co-op and career-related topics
  • Participating in outreach activities, including presentations to non-college specific campus organizations (residence halls, service and social organizations, etc.)
  • Helping Career Center staff with special events such as Career Day, Co-op IVD, Education Interview Day, etc.
  • Researching career information for student access
  • Other duties as assigned

Co-op Ambassadors will work 15-20 hours per week during the academic year. Those hours will break down as follows:

  • Ten hours of scheduled office hours per week
  • Four hours of outside presentations each week, or other outreach opportunities
  • One hour of staffing to be held each week