The primary purpose of the organization is the professional exchange of co-op and internship ideas between institutions of higher education and cooperative education and internship employers. The annual association conference also offers invaluable opportunities for employers, educators, and other interested professionals to exchange methods and information of mutual benefit to all.

Our mission and stated goals of the organization are:

·         To broaden understanding of the value of cooperative education and internships.

·         To strengthen the functioning of cooperative education and internships through active interchange of ideas and experiences among educators, employers and students.

·         To provide a source of information about cooperative education for the employment community; staff and faculty of higher education institutions, and organizations/personnel that may benefit from the philosophy and practice of cooperative education and internships.