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Internship & Cooperative Education Programs

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Wayne State College encourages students to take part in an Internship or a Cooperative Education experience to gain practical work experience directly related to the student’s major, minor, or professional interest. To be competitive in today’s job market, practical work experience in their field of study is needed.  Besides gaining relevant or hands on work experience, students can earn college credit and possibly an income to help pay for college as well as network with professionals in their field of study.

 

To help facilitate a mutually beneficial work experience for the employer and student, each Internship or

Co-op experience that is set up through Career Services will be monitored by our office.

 

  Related Information
 

Internship & Co-op Job Search Links

  Internship & Co-op Assignments

Contact Person

Jessie Piper
Cooperative Education/Internship Coordinator
402-375-7527

jepiper2@wsc.edu

 

 

Benefits

  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 with professionals in your field.
  Enhance your resume writing, job search and interview skills.
  Acquire program-relevant work experience, which is a plus when applying to graduate school or
full-time jobs.
  Have the ability to maintain full-time student status.

 

 

Eligibility

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in an Internship or Co-op:

 

  To be eligible for enrollment in the Internship & Cooperative Education Program through Career Services a student must:
  Have completed 24 credit hours prior to their Internship or Cooperative Education experience. The Technology and Applied Science department also requires that 18 hours must be completed within the student’s major, the Business and Economics department requires 21 hours within the student’s major.
  Have a minimum 2.0 GPA and maintain the minimum 2.0 GPA throughout their tenure with the Internship or Cooperative Education program. The Technology and Applied Science, and Business and Economics departments require a 2.5 GPA within the student’s major.
  Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during each Fall or Spring semester.  No minimum hour requirement is needed for Summer experiences while participating in an Internship or Cooperative Education experience.

 

NOTE: Internships through academic departments may require their own eligibility requirements.

 

Registration

  To register for an Internship or Cooperative Education experience students should:
 

Submit an updated resume to the Cooperative Education / Internship Coordinator for review.

(Please allow 48 hours for your resume to be reviewed).

  Set up an appointment to finalize your resume and discuss job opportunities.
  Continue discussing job opportunities and researching possible companies or agencies of interest. As opportunities arise, the Career Services Office will assist the student in submitting his or her resume to selected companies or agencies. Students will be responsible for following up with the companies after the resume has been submitted.
  Once an Internship or Cooperative Education experience has been secured, the student will need to pick up the "Internship / Cooperative Education Application" found in Career Services.  Students will need to meet with their academic advisor and department chair to fill out the application and obtain their signatures.
  Once it is completed and signed it needs to be returned to Career Services to officially be registered.

 

NOTE: Registration for these experiences is not available online.  You must follow the steps above.

 

College Credit Options

 

Students may apply for 1-12 credit hours or for Transcript Notation. The approval of and the amount of credit given for each experience is determined by the advisor and the chair of each department.

 

Please Note: Only 12 credit hours can be earned through the Cooperative Education program during your college career.

  Credit can go toward general electives or may be substituted for program electives for your major. Students should consult with their academic advisor to make this determination.
  The level and number of credits will be determined by your academic advisor or department chair and will be listed as course number 294, 394 or 494.
  Credit hours will be billed through the Business Office. There is no charge for completing an Internship or Cooperative Education experience for transcript notation.
  The student must work a minimum of 50 work hours per credit hour for the experience to be noted on their official transcript.  Students may work more hours than required, however, no additional credits will be given.
  A grade of Satisfactory (S) will be awarded to the students who successfully complete their Internship or Cooperative Education experience. No Credit (NC) will be given if the requirements of the program are not fulfilled, such as missing assignments or not meeting the work hour requirement.

 

 

Billing

  Opportunities for Internships and Co-ops tend to arise year-round.  Should an opportunity present itself after the official class drop-add date, students can still sign up mid-semester and receive credit for the current semester.  However, payment for that credit is required before a student will be officially enrolled.
  Summer experiences will be billed during the July session regardless of start date.

 

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