What are the advantages of participating in this leading edge business program?
Business Scholars Co-op students will:
- Graduate in four years with 12 months’ professional experience.
- Receive course credit while earning a salary. Co-op students are paid competitive wages by employers during their professional work assignments.
- Explore industries of interest.
- Gain exposure in two separate professional work experiences (one four-month and one eight-month).
- Increase job placement opportunities upon graduation.
What is the profile of a La Salle Business Scholars Co-op Student?
- Minimum SAT score of 1200 on the critical reading and math sections.
- Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
How does La Salle University provide a quality education?
- Special courses are designed for the Co-op Scholars.
- Integration of theory and practice throughout the educational process presents these academically talented students with the opportunity for hands on career development.
- The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, an accreditation held by only 20 percent of all business schools worldwide.
Which companies participate in La Salle’s Business Scholars Co-op Program?
Our corporate partners, consisting of mostly alumni, provide several networking opportunities each year for all Co-op students. Current companies that participate in La Salle’s Business Scholars Co-op Program are:
- Advanced Mortgage Concepts
- CBIZ Solutions
- Charming Shoppes Inc.
- Drucker & Scaccetti, P.C.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Ernst & Young LLP
- General Electric
- GMAC ResCap
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kanter International
- KPMG, LLP
- Philadelphia Eagles
- PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
- United States Liability Insurance Group
How do La Salle’s Corporate Partnerships make a difference?
- Our corporate partnerships, consisting of mostly alumni, provide several networking opportunities each year for all Co-op students.
- During the Executive on Campus Program (EOC), corporate executives speak in individual business classes about career paths, industry highlights and current business trends.
- On Bankers Day, our corporate partners assess student business plans that are presented by student teams to a three person executive panel.
Are there international opportunities available to Business Scholars Co-op Students?
Travel/Study courses enable students to experience first-hand the globalization of today’s business environments during the travel component to places such as France, Germany, Canada, Bermuda, and London.
Describe the State-of-the-Art Technology.
- All academic buildings have 802.11b Wireless Connectivity.
- College Hall, the School of Business building, has upgraded its entire computer lab in the last two years and added a new instructional computer lab.
- Professors have integrated WebCT, an on-line course management system, into instructional materials.
What is the Co-op preparation process?
- Co-op students receive academic and career advising.
- Employers provide co-op job descriptions.
- Co-op students submit resumes and then students’ interests are matched with employers’ needs.
- Students who are considered a good match for the employer will be asked to interview for positions.
How exactly will Co-op Students attend class and have two co-op experiences in just four years?
Students in the Business Scholars Co-op program take a number of business courses in their first two years to that at the end of the second year students already have junior standing. The first work experience is the summer following the second year of students. Then students complete a 6 month to 8 month co-op experience between their junior and senior years. All of this can be done in four years.
Click here to view the Academic/Work Term Sequence chart.
What is being said about La Salle’s Business Scholars Co-op Program?
“The knowledge, motivation and initiative shown by the La Salle Co-op students were phenomenal. In fact, they were the best co-op students I have ever been exposed to in my 25 year career history in both the public (Big Four) and private sectors. These are the type of students that corporate America needs to be successful.”
- William Dawson, VP, Business Assurance and Advisory Services
- Charming Shoppes, Inc.
“If the La Salle Co-op student assigned to work with our company was just one example of the type of student that La Salle recruits, why we would ever stop hiring from the Business Scholars Co-op Program? My experience has been excellent and my expectations were exceeded. The co-op student was mature, professional and extremely hard working.”
- John E. Colaprete, Assistant VP, Underwriting Services – United States Liability Insurance Group
Business Scholars Co-op Student Perspectives:
“The courses that I took prior to the start of my co-op assignment in the financial services industry provided a solid foundation. They enabled me to communicate my ideas effectively as well as to quickly research and interpret the information for various projects that I needed to complete during my co-op.”
- Angelica Mota, Finance and Marketing
“My Co-op assignment at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP was beneficial because I was able to gain work experience, knowledge and contacts in my major-related industry. The La Salle faculty and staff truly have each student’s best interest at heart as they strive to make each student an ideal candidate for the co-op experience.”
- Amanda Cassetta, Accounting
“I now have a competitive edge when pursuing employment after graduation as a result of the Business Scholars Co-op Program. Employers will see that I was able to gain two relevant work experiences in addition to a quality education, all in four years.”
- Michael Cieri, Marketing
For more information, contact:
Penelope C. Grob
Director, Business Scholars Co-op Program