The Internship and Cooperative Education Program enables students to acquire hands-on, a career-related experience that complements classroom learning, increases marketability for job placement after graduation and enhances preparation for graduate or professional school programs.

To start the internship process, you MUST schedule an appointment with someone in the Center for Career & Professional Development. 

Co-ops vs. Internships

Co-ops, which last one year or more, are longer than internships, which are typically a few weeks to several 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 large organizations.  Students earn income 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 need to be met.  In order to meet these criteria, students often need to complete a journal, essay or presentation during or immediately following the internship to demonstrate the knowledge they gained during the internship.
  • Non-Profit: These internships are usually done with non-profit organizations/groups, universities, government agencies, religious organizations or hospitals.  These internships are not typically paid.
  • Unpaid: For information about unpaid internships, please review the Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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