Through the work experience you develop a personal learning plan to realistically assess your career goals and to improve your skills. Together with your faculty co-op/intern advisor and your employer you will establish learning objectives for the work semester. You will be evaluated by your faculty co-op/intern advisor and your employer supervisor at the end of the semester as to how well you met these objectives and your grade(s) will be assigned accordingly. The credits earned will be applied to your degree and the related work experience will make you more attractive to employers after graduation.
STEP 1: Application (The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, Cohen Hall 203)
STEP 2: Approval for participation in cooperative education/internship (Faculty Co-op/Intern Advisor
STEP 3: Resume assistance, referrals and interviews (The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education)
STEP 4: Registration for co-op/intern credits (The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education)
STEP 5: Meet with advisor (Faculty Co-op/Intern Advisor
STEP 6: Begin the work experience
Participation in co-op/internship presents the opportunity to expand your learning beyond the classroom. Through such a work experience you will have a chance to make more informed career decisions, apply new skills and experiences to classroom instruction, gain academic credit toward graduation, earn a salary to help defray educational expenses (co-op), enhance your resume, references and work experience, develop professional, technical, and human relations skills, use specialized facilities and equipment on the job, and gain self confidence, maturity and judgment.
The many benefits offered by co-op/intern experiences also provide you with an all-important competitive edge in the job market. National statistics indicate that 80% of students who participate in such work experiences are offered permanent employment by their co-op/intern employers upon graduation; former CCM co-op students/interns report similar placement success.