The Internship and Cooperative Education Program enables students to acquire practical knowledge that complements classroom learning, increases marketability for job placement after graduation and enhances preparation for graduate or professional school programs. Internships are developed to assist employers in meeting their goals while simultaneously providing hands-on, supervised career-related experience for the student.

To start the internship process, you MUST schedule an appointment with someone in the Internships & Placement Office. 

Co-ops vs. Internships

Co-ops, which last one year or more, are generally longer than internships, which are typically a few weeks to serveral months.  Co-ops may be done in conjunction with taking classes or during breaks.

Different Types of Internships

  • Paid: Exist primarily in the private sector or in large organizations.  Students earnincome while also gaining hands-on experience.
  • For Credit: Require that the experience is strongly related to the student's academic field or discipline.  Students wanting to do an internship for credit usually need to have an academic adviser oversee and set the criteria that needs to be met.  In order to meet these creteria, students often need to complete a journal, essay or presentation during or immediately following the internshsip to demonstrate the knowledge they gained during the internship.
  • Non Profit: These internships are usually done with non-profit organizations/groups, univeristy, government agency, religious organizations or a hospital.  These internships are not typically paid.
  • Unpaid: For information about unpaid internships, please review the Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The University of Findlay has partnered with Intern In Ohio, a free internship resource that connects businesses and organizations with qualified student interns, based on skills and interest.