Cooperative Work/Study Internship Experience
A cooperative work/study internship experience may be paid or unpaid. However all students must complete a total of 240 hours and a grade will be awarded based on students’ work performance. Students may contact employers directly concerning the possibility of an internship or they may work with the lead instructor of the designated program to secure a work site.
Benefits of Co-Op
Enrolling in co-op gives you the “competitive edge” by providing real-world experience while you are taking classes towards a degree or certificate. These days more employers are looking for graduates who already have experience in their fields, so to compete for jobs you’ll need the competitive edge that co-op offers.
Co-op is a win-win situation in which both students and employers benefit. Co-op students are able to explore career options and test their classroom skills in real-life learning situations. Co-op employers build a pool of tested and proven job candidates for current or future openings.
Submit the application to the Director of Career Services, Beth Stephens, room C215.
Co-op expects professional behavior from the co-op student. As professionals, students must treat their employers respectfully by giving appropriate notification of absences or termination.
Students must conform with policies, procedures, and safety rules; and must work scheduled times.
Students will be supervised at the work site and will be responsible for performance and punctuality. If a student does not perform to the satisfaction of an employer and/or Co-op, he or she may be dismissed from the program.
Finding a Position
Once you have been approved by the lead instructor of the designated program, the instructor will attempt to place you with an employer that matches your needs.
Many students search for their own internships directly. However all placements and employers must be approved by the lead instructor of the designated program before beginning an internship.
The employer will form an impression of you based on your interview.
- Dress appropriately
- Ask questions about the company and the specific task an intern will be required to perform.
- Be honest about the commitment you can make. Know your schedule for the next few months.
- Promptly send a follow-up thank you letter.
Accepting a Position
If you are offered a position with an employer and accept, notify the lead instructor of the designated program immediately. The instructor will initiate the necessary paper work.