Co-ops & Internships

Cooperative Education Program

Real experience. Real life.

Our mission is to help students identify relevant quality work experiences to enrich their academic program of study with planned, progressive, and monitored work experiences. Program options include formal Cooperative Education, Internship, and Externship. To learn more about our program history and view our program snapshot.

Are you interested in participating in a co-op, internship, or externship? Here are a few steps to help you get started:

  • Login to your Connections account at using your MyState username and password
  • Click on your initials in the top right corner of your homepage then select My Account
  • Complete the Personal Information, Academic Profile, and Experiential Learning categories.

Schedule A Visit

Have questions? Call our office at 662-325-3823 or come by 335 McCain Hall to schedule an appointment or speak with a co-op ambassador or graduate assistant.


As a freshman, students will complete 2 semesters at MSU and have a 2.5 GPA to be eligible to begin a co-op. For transfer students, you will need to complete one semester here at MSU and have a 2.5 GPA.

Paid Professional Internship

Professional Practice Internships are open to students of any major. Students being placed in EXL 3100 or EXL 3200 must have completed 60 + semester hours with a 2.75 GPA, EXL 3100 is required to enroll in EXL 3200.

General Internship

These internships have no requirements other than to be in good academic standing with the university. Students will be placed in EXL 0190 for general internships.

All students- any major, must have a 2.5 GPA

All students- any major, 2.0 GPA

Go to and set up your Connections account- complete the Personal, Academic, and Experiential Learning sections

  • Freshman- after completing 2 semesters
  • Transfer- after completing 1 semester

$25 course enrollment fee, semester tuition is not charged during semesters at work

Scholarships are placed on hold for work terms, complete Fall/Spring change request in Banner to defer Financial Aid

Both can be canceled for semesters at work, contact each office directly.

Graduate students may participate in either opportunity.

  • Co-op- 3 alternating rotations with the same company
  • Internships- one semester

A Brief History of Cooperative Education at MSU

In 1954 Harry C. Simrall, then Dean of Engineering, empaneled a group of prominent engineers to advise the School of Engineering. That committee, having reviewed Cooperative Education, a unique educational program initiated at the University of Cincinnati in 1906, strongly recommended that Mississippi State College adopt such a program.

With the Committee's recommendation, a request went forth from President Ben F. Hilbun to the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning requesting approval to establish a Cooperative Education Program at Mississippi State College. In December 1954, the Board of Trustees approved establishment of the program.

The first Cooperative Education enrollment for work was in the summer of 1955. By fall 1955, there were six students at work, and spring of 1959 brought the first Cooperative Education Program graduate. Today over 12,000 students have participated in the Cooperative Education Program at MSU. Mississippi State University is proud to be among the nation’s leading Cooperative Education institutions. The program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Co-op and Internship (ACCI).