Frequently Asked Questions


How do I say COOP?


When's the next program?

Spring 2019 cohorts are underway, but Fall is right around the corner. The program runs August 19 to December 13, 2019, and applications are now open!

What's the program schedule?

  • Evenings, 6:30-9:30pm

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • August 19 to December 13, 2019

  • Midtown Manhattan and Downtown San Francisco

  • 90% attendance requirement

How much does the program cost?

Thanks to alumni leaders and generous sponsors, the COOP Apprenticeship is 100% FREE for all participants. In return, we ask that all alumni pay-it-forward as coaches, mentors, advocates, and sponsors.

Who is eligible to participate?

We're all about overcoming underemployment. That means we're looking for recent college graduates (bachelors degree) who are unemployed or underemployed (in positions that do not require a degree). In practical terms, almost all successful applicants earn less than $30,000 (annualized) and the average is just under $15,000.

Am I a good candidate?

Just like our curriculum, we're focused for three things:

  • Head: You love to learn and you’re excited to pursue a career in digital marketing or data analytics

  • Heart: You believe in community and peer relationships

  • Hustle: You’re ready to work hard and take control

We're also committed to reflecting the incredible diversity of our main partners, CUNY and SFSU. In this spirit, COOP is majority minority (93%) and most alumni were the first in their families to earn a college degree (63%).

I'm not a recent grad—yet! Can I still apply?

Thank you for finding us and for your interest! We're excited to meet you soon. That said, we are strictly accepting college graduates. But we're not going anywhere! We're going to be growing in New York and California (and beyond, we hope!), and new cohorts start every semester. Please keep us in mind and apply ASAP.

What are the requirements for program completion?

This is a rigorous program, to say the least. Over the years, we've developed a set of ten critical actions and outcomes to accelerate your career. Here's the completion checklist for Digital Marketing:

  1. Resume rubric

  2. LinkedIn rubric

  3. Interview rubric

  4. Cover letter rubric

  5. Email etiquette rubric

  6. Google Ads certification

  7. Google Analytics individual qualification

  8. Bing Ads or Facebook Blueprint certification

  9. 90% attendance (100% encouraged!)

  10. 100 job applications (seriously!)

Am I guaranteed to get a full-time offer or internship?

Sadly, we've learned there's no such thing as a guaranteed job. Trust us—we wish there were. We can't promise any job offer or paid internship, but we are totally committed to doing everything we can to accelerate your career. Think of us as a multiplier of your effort. Whatever you put in, we'll multiply the value with digital skills and peer connections. But remember: Anything times zero is zero.

So, what is COOP?

COOP is Cooperate Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are honored to collaborate with major organizations like CUNY, SFSU, Google, and Microsoft, but we are fully and proudly independent. Come join us!