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Cooperative Education & Careers Division

2000 students placed annually - a network of over 1,600 employers

About CoOp

What is CoOp?

The Cooperative Education programme (or undergraduate placement) at the University of Limerick is a core element of all undergraduate degrees. As part of the programme, all students, regardless of discipline, undertake relevant work experience normally of eight months duration.

About 1,600 students are placed on CoOp every year, with about 30% placed internationally. This makes it one of the largest placement programmes in Europe. Some 1,600 employers participate in the programme annually and about 75% of these employers also employ UL graduates.

The Benefits of CoOp

Taking on a student means provides you with an opportunity to undertake projects or other work by hiring additional temporary resources without adding a permanent payroll cost. Students are enthusiastic, energetic, offer specialist skills from their academic programmes, and are eager to work on complex or routine tasks.

The CoOp programme can be a cost effective and flexible solution to your recruitment needs. CoOp also gives your organisation the chance to vet potential graduates first-hand over an extended period in a real work environment.


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