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Internship & Cooperative Education Programs

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Cooperative Education and Internships experiences are academic programs that allow students to connect academic knowledge with the business and professional world. Co-op and Internships expand learning experiences through paid and unpaid positions in a supervised, educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study or career focus.

 

Co-ops and Internships can be held for a semester or summer. The length of time commitment is pre-defined by the employer.  Upon completion of the Co-op or Internship, the employer may or may not offer to continue with the experience.   Enrollment is required and college credit or a transcript notation may be awarded. The student's weekly time commitment can range from 10 to 40 hours.

 

Employers interested in finding out more about more about these programs should contact our office.  If you have Co-op or Internship opportunities available, post FREE on our online job board, Cat Tracks.

 

Benefits of Cooperative Education and Internship Experiences

  Beat the "catch 22". You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience
  Test the waters in a chosen field and assess the suitability of your career choice before entering the workforce full-time
  Apply academic knowledge and theoretical concepts to a practical work setting, which makes learning more interesting
  Gain experience, receive academic credit and possibly earn a paycheck
  Take advantage of the opportunity to live and work in other parts of the United States and abroad
  Gain important soft skills (such as communication, teamwork, cooperation and interpersonal skills) essential to today's work environment
  Learn more about the expectations and needs of employers
  Develop independence and maturity
  Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities
  Enhance your resume writing, job search and interview skills
  Acquire program-relevant work experience, which is a plus when applying to graduate school

 

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