Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
Alabama HBCU Initiative
Alabama HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program
The AL HBCU Co-Op Program The Alabama Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Co-Op Pilot Program (“HBCU Co-Op Program”) was created under the umbrella of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs’ (GOMA) Alabama HBCU Initiative, and will be incorporated into Governor Ivey’s Strong Start, Strong Finish Initiative as part of the Governor’s focus on apprenticeships and work-based learning programs. The HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program will provide hands-on work experience in the public and private sectors for eligible HBCU students, especially for those students majoring in STEM fields.
How does it work? The HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program is a three-way partnership between GOMA, participating Alabama HBCUs, and employers in the public and private sectors. Students will be required to complete two to three work semesters in order to gain a sense of professional experience in the area of their major(s). Upon successful completion of the program, the students will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students may alternate between semesters of classes and professional work, working between 15 and 30 hours per week, while receiving an hourly salary for the work they perform. Students will receive professional evaluations, and will be required to complete a final project at the conclusion of the program.
Eligibility requirements Students must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled at one of the fourteen (14) Alabama HBCUs; must have completed the first year of study for 4-year students, and complete at least one 15-week term for 2-year students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in their field of study is required. Eligible areas of study include all science, technology, engineering, and math related academic concentrations, as well as technical STEM areas. At the end of the final co-op term, students are required to complete a final project related to their co-op experience.
GOMA will distribute the co-op application to designated liaisons at each of the fourteen Alabama HBCUs. HBCUs will nominate eligible students to apply directly to GOMA, and employers will make the final selection of students.
When will it begin? Students will begin work with their employers by the Summer 2019 term.
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