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NOTE: The three top solvers will receive $100 each. The first 25 solvers to submit complete and detailed responses will receive $20 each.

Have you or has one of your friends gone through an experiential learning/co-op program that combines classroom-based education with practical work experience? We want your input on redesigning these experiences. The world of work is changing and co-op programs need to evolve as well.

What is a co-op? Cooperative education (or co-operative education) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a "co-op," provides academic credit for structured job experience.

Sample current co-op models for reference:


We are looking for your ideas to redesign the program with two objectives:

• For majors (like engineering and design) where co-ops ARE a standard feature in many universities, we want new ideas to serve the changing needs of students and employers.
• For majors (like liberal arts) where co-ops ARE NOT a standard feature, come up with co-op program ideas that could be beneficial to both students and employers using some of the characteristics below.

Explore these characteristics and feel free to evaluate other characteristics you identify:

• New types of work arrangements: gigs, part-time, remote, cross-disciplinary roles
• New types of employers: technology companies, startups, incubators, self-employed, self-initiated projects
• New types of payment: success-based, task-based, challenge wins, equity

To solve, use the above information to tell us: (1) how to dramatically improve existing co-op structures for programs where they are common and (2) how to make co-op programs beneficial in majors where they are not common.

We are looking for truly innovative and different ideas, NOT incremental ideas that improve the current model of co-ops. Imagine the features of a program that would make students choose a university offering this co-op program over others.

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
3 Winners
will receive $100 each
25 Honorable Mentions
will receive $20 each
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Submission questions

What is your age?


Which college or university do you/did you attend?


Did you participate in a co-op education program?