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Co-op/Intern Program Information for Accredited College, University, Career and Technical College Students



In order for a student to participate in the Co-op/Intern Program, the Personnel Cabinet requires that the student receive academic credit for their participation.

Agencies may consider high school students:

          • Enrolled on a full-time basis at an accredited Kentucky post-secondary school or other educational institution approved by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
          • Participating in a full-time cooperative education/internship program.
          • Receiving at least three credit-hours per semester for Co-op/Intern employment.
          • Working toward a degree or certificate in a field that directly relates to the Co-op/Intern position for which they are being considered. 
          • In good standing with the school with at least a 2.5 grade point average at hire, and throughout employment in the
            Co-op/Intern position.
          • Sponsored by their educational institution for participation in the Co-op/Intern Program. (See Sponsorship of Co-op/Intern Students)   

On occasion, exceptions can be made to the 2.5 GPA requirement when the GPA is less than 2.5. Educational administrators may
contact the Co-op/Intern Program Coordinator to determine eligibility for placement.


Co-op/Interns are processed into KHRIS as hourly interim employees. For the complete benefits schedule, visit the Employee Handbook and view the benefits available to Interim employees. In summary, Co-op/Intern employees:

          •  Receive holiday pay for any scheduled work hours on the state holiday (up to 7.5/8.0 hours)
          •  Earn one day sick leave (7.5/8.0 hours) and one sick month of service for any month that 100 hours are worked/paid during the month.
          •  Do not receive health/life insurance, retirement benefits, annual leave or annual months of service.

 Application Requirements

Co-op/Intern students are required to complete an online application in the Career Opportunities System and self-nominate to the Co-op/Intern Program job posting. Interested students must also submit the Academic Credit Agreement form and an unofficial copy of their transcripts to the Co-op/Intern Program Coordinator. The Academic Credit Agreement form must be signed by a counselor, advisor or cooperative education coordinator at their respective educational institution. The documents will be reviewed to ensure all requirements are met before students are placed in the program.  

Mail documents to:

Co-op/Intern Program Coordinator
Personnel Cabinet
State Office Building,1st Floor
501 High Street
Frankfort, Kentucky  40601

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.

Co-op/Intern Responsibility

Prior to accepting an assignment, students should check with their academic advisors, or other appropriate persons, to ensure that they can receive academic credit for their Co-op/Intern experience. Co-op/Intern students must register with their institution's Co-op/Intern office and must conform to all agency rules, regulations, policies and safety rules.