Why participate in an internship for credit (co-op)?
- Helps you define interests and skills, and identify strengths and weaknesses
- Provides an opportunity to explore potential careers and build a professional network
- Enhances your employability for future employers and graduate schools
- Enables you to apply academic knowledge outside of the classroom
Where can I do an internship?
Almost anywhere in the world! The position (either paid or unpaid) should be in your major, minor or a career-related area, and be of a professional or paraprofessional nature. Many jobs will be able to be applicable to earning academic credit if they have projects and experience that relates to your career path. You cannot, however, earn credit for work you have already completed, as the experience needs to be in the semester you are earning credit.
How do I find an internship?
- Look at Handshake for current postings
- Attend career and internship fairs
- Look on company websites
- Make an appointment to meet with the co-op office for more ideas!
How do I sign up for an internship for credit (co-op)?
- Meet with your advisor and see how a co-op will fit in with your graduation requirements
- Decide which semester, how many credits you want, who your faculty coordinator would be, and what work experience/internship you will be doing
- Meet with the Director of Cooperative Education and Internships in the Career Center to get registered. Remember that you can't register online for an internship for credit; the registration process starts in the Career Center.
- You should start the conversation about a cooperative education experience in advance of the term you would like to complete your work experience, making sure you have time to get registered and complete all the required paperwork
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Must have completed your first semester of your sophomore year or completed 56 credits
- Internship or work experience must be related to your major, minor or career goal
Are there additional eligibility requirements if I am an international student?
The Immigration and Naturalization Service considers cooperative education a form of curricular practical training (CPT). If you have held an F-1 visa for one academic year (nine months), you may participate in the cooperative education program after a position has been secured. You must have a designated college official endorse your I-20 form. F-1 students are allowed to work full time during academic holidays and breaks (including summer) and up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session. Please visit us if you have any questions.
What are the credit requirements?
Credits taken are based on the number of hours of work/shadowing that will be completed in the semester. Credit can only be given in the same semester that the hours are worked, and not retroactively.
- 1 credit = 45 hours in the semester, 3-4 hours per week
- 2 credits = 90 hours in the semester, 6-8 hours per week
- 3 credits = 135 hours in the semester, 9-11 hours per week
- 4 credits = 180 hours in the semester, 12-15 hours per week
- 5 credits = 225 hours in the semester, 15-18 hours per week
- 6 credits = 270 hours in the semester, 18-21 hours per week
- 7 credits = 315 hours in the semester, 21-24 hours per week
- 8 credits = 360 hours in the semester, 24 or more hours per week
What is expected of me as an intern?
- You must conduct yourself professionally at all times
- Understand that your employers' work and holiday schedules take precedence over college breaks, holidays and weekends
- Complete all assessments and assignments that are outlined in your learning agreement with your faculty coordinator by the end of the semester, as well as all assigned work projects and tasks
- You are always encouraged to contact the Director of Cooperative Education and Internships if you experience or observe any illegal or inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment during your interview or during your employment