Internships and Co-ops
Internships and co-operative education (co-ops) provide opportunities for eligible students to earn academic credit for work experience related to their degree and major. Students must meet with a Career Counselor at the Career Services Center to obtain approval of an internship or co-op and to register for the credit(s). Co-ops and internships are excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in your field before graduating. Click here to learn about the many other benefits students often find when participating in an internship or co-op.
What's the difference between an Internship and a Co-op?
- Primarily intended as an advanced work experience for students.
- Training-oriented; may be pre-professional, pre-managerial, supervisory, or technical.
- May be a paid or non-paid work experience. If paid: student must work 200 hrs. for each credit. If non-paid: student must work 75 hrs. for each credit (or 200 hours, if all 3 credits registered within same term)
- *Exception - TIM Majors must still complete 600 hours, regardless if it the internship is paid or non-paid. BS Health Sciences students must work 150 hours per 2 credits for non-paid internships.
Cooperative Education (Co-op):
- Entry-level, paid work experience; provides initial exposure to the field or profession.
- Student must work 200 hours for each credit.
What are the requirements for internship or co-op credits?
In addition to working the required hours outlined above, students must write a reflective paper (click here for paper topics) and receive a satisfactory performance evaluation from their employer in order to receive a passing grade. Students must also complete a self-evaluation.
Internships and co-ops are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Students can register for 1, 2 or 3 internship/co-op credits at a time. Undergraduates may apply up to 12 internship/co-op credits toward their degree plan. Graduate students may apply up to 3 credits toward their degree plan.
General eligibility requirements for ALL STUDENTS to participate in Internships/Co-ops:
- Must be a degree-seeking student with an established GPA.
- Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA for co-ops and 2.7 for internships.
- Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for internships.
- The work experience must be directly related to the student’s major, and must offer a valid learning opportunity.
Additional Requirements for International Students:
To participate in an internship or co-op, international students must:
- Maintain F-1 status for at least nine months or full-time enrollment for two semesters.
- Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
- Students taking ELS classes are ineligible.
- Undergraduates must have completed 12 credits numbered 1000 and above (non-ELS classes only), and pass Writing 1100. Graduate students must have completed 9 credits numbered 6000 and above.
- Must have room in degree plan for the co-op/internship credit(s) to be awarded. If not, a General Petition will be generated by the Career Counselor and must approved by your academic dean & International Student Services in order to earn credit(s) beyond the degree plan requirements.
- Must obtain work authorization through the Career Services Center, regardless of whether the experience is paid or non-paid.
- Passport, I-94 visa and I-20 form must all be valid and current.
For more information, click on International Student Employment Information.
Steps to Obtaining an Internship or Co-op
International students (F-1 Visas): Be sure to read Steps to Securing an Internship or Co-op (CPT) for International Students
Domestic (U.S. citizens) students: Be sure to read Steps to Securing an Internship or Co-op for Domestic Students
**ALL STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH A CARER COUNSELOR TO SIGN UP FOR THE INTERNSHIP OR CO-OP BEFORE STARTING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE. WE WILL NOT AWARD ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR WORK PERFORMED PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR THE CREDITS WITH A CAREER COUNSELOR. **
Internship & Co-op Agreement Form – This form must be completed and signed by the internship/co-op supervisor as well as the student. The student brings this completed form to the appointment with their Career Counselor to obtain approval and sign up for the internship/co-op credits.
Student Waiver & Release Form - This form must be signed by the student and submitted to Career Services in order to register for internship or co-op credits.
Employer Waiver & Release Form - This form must be signed by the internship/co-op supervisor and submitted to Career Services in order to register for internship or co-op credits.
Training Plans - If the internship is a non-paid opportunity, the employer must submit a training plan in addition to the agreement form.
More information on Internships & Co-ops
Internship & Co-op Info Sheet - Information for Students on our Internship & Co-op program.
Use these checklists to ensure that you have all of the required documents needed to sign up for an internship or co-op: