The Cooperative Education / Internship Program combines academic studies with practical, on-the-job experience enabling students to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to real work situations. College credit is available in many majors (see below) if the student’s curriculum can accommodate the credits. For employers, it provides numerous cost-saving and staffing benefits, as well the opportunity to support their communities and influence the educational process.
For a position to qualify as a co-op/internship*:
- The position will provide an experience in which learning goals can be achieved and measured. There must be a balance between learning and contributing. The Career Services staff and internship advisors work with employers to ensure that internship opportunities are mutually beneficial.
- A supervisor will be identified to act as the student’s mentor and liaison between the employer and the college. The supervisor will provide feedback on the student’s professional development and accomplishment of learning goals.
To qualify as credit-bearing co-op/internship, the following should apply:
- A credit-bearing experience is more structured and requires a minimum number of hours worked over an academic semester (see academic calendar), which varies based on the number of credits assigned.
- The employer must complete a Work Agreement Form (see sample).
To hire a Co-op/Intern:
Please post the job to our online system. Under the Posting Information section, in the Position Type field, choose INTERNSHIP.
- Chemical Technology
- Computer Information Systems
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Dance (through academic department)
- Digital Media Technology
- Early Childhood Education / Development
- Electronics Engineering Technology
- Graphic Design
- Hospitality Management
- Landscape and Horticultural Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Media Studies/Broadcasting
- Media Studies/Journalism
- Music (through academic department)
- Photography Technology
*Definition of an Internship
from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
What distinguishes internships from other forms of active learning is that there is a degree of supervision and self-study that allows students to “learn by doing” and to reflect upon that learning in a way that achieves certain learning goals and objectives. Feedback for improvement and the development or refinement of learning goals is also essential. What distinguishes an intern from a volunteer is the deliberative form of learning that takes place. There must be a balance between learning and contributing, and the student, the student’s institution, and the internship placement site must share in the responsibility to ensure that the balance is appropriate and that the learning is of sufficiently high quality to warrant the effort, which might include academic credit.