Co-operative Education provides students with a transition between their studies and the business world, and gives companies access to talented and motivated final year students.
The 9 week work placement is compulsory for all Bachelor of Business students and can be completed in New Zealand or overseas.
Co-operative Education gives you the chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom and to develop your knowledge and skills in a business environment.
You can complete your work placement in New Zealand or overseas. If you are looking to do your Cooperative Education overseas you can be assisted by AIESEC New Zealand, which provides international work opportunities.
Co-operative Education is a minimum of 9-weeks. The programme is one of three options that you can take in your final year.
You will be mentored by a workplace supervisor and an AUT academic and will be encouraged to start the process of finding your placement from the beginning of your degree. The Business School provides assistance, hosting networking opportunities with employers and regular information and CV writing sessions throughout the year.
This highly successful programme gives you a great start in the industry while still being able to get feedback from lecturers who help you analyse your experiences and performance. Employers value the fresh ideas and latest thinking that you bring to the organisation, and many offer permanent employment to their Co-operative Education students after graduating.
Students learn on the job, apply their classroom learning to real situations and problems and develop aspects of their professional practice. Co-operative Education students undertake a wide variety of work placements that enable them to experience the complexity of the real world of business first hand.
It is essential that they have hands on practical experience with processes or tasks related to their field of study.
Examples of roles and work completed by our students:
How long is the placement?
The minimum requirement is for a student to work full-time in the workplace over a 9 week period (360 hours). However many students have a placement that is longer than this eg. some students might have a 3 month placement that starts before and ends after the 9 week compulsory period. Other students incorporate their Co-operative Education into their full time, permanent employment.
How do I employ a Co-operative Education student?
Self-placement is one of the principles underlying Co-operative Education – students are responsible for finding their own positions. They are expected to create a CV, hunt out opportunities, apply for positions and participate in your standard recruitment processes. Payment is negotiated between you and your students. AUT has an online recruitment tool for students where you can post advertisements for Co-operative Education vacancies.
If you have an employment opportunity for a Co-operative Education student please contact:
Kate Coleman, Co-operative Education Manager
ph 09 921 9323
Last updated: 18-May-2017 2.02pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.