In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component of the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.
Students in the American Sign Language & Interpreting Education Program often decide to participate in the co-op program in order to refine their signing communication skills and to work alongside Deaf people. In the past our students had co-oped at schools for Deaf students, service agencies run for and by the Deaf Community, and even with an organization creating Deaf televised media. Students who complete an ASL co-op typically enhance their signing skills, develop a working understanding of communication technologies used in the Deaf Community, and learn how to behave and interact professionally with Deaf colleagues.
Co-ops in American Sign Language
Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below is a partial list of the co-op employers and sample job titles by field or industry.
Classroom Assistant, Residential Counselor
Assistant to the Program Director, Interpreter Referral Specialist
Learn more about Co-op
If you would like to learn more about how co-op works in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the CSSH co-op website.
Co-op Coordinator in American Sign Language–English Interpreting
Jonathan Andrew, MA
Senior Co-op Coordinator: ASL (American Sign Language), International Affairs, Political Science, Spanish
Jonathan Andrew joined CSSH in 2010 where he is currently a senior cooperative education coordinator working primarily with undergraduate and graduate students, academic faculty and employers in the International Affairs, Spanish, and American Sign L…