Internships and Co-ops

The Internship and Co-operative education program is designed for eligible students to gain hands-on experience in their field of study while earning academic credit.

 
 

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR FALL 2017 INTERNSHIPS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 BY 5:00PM

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERNSHIP AND A CO-OP?

Internships are primarily intended as an advanced work experience for students. They are training-oriented and may be pre-professional, pre-managerial, supervisory, or technical. Internhsips can be a paid or non-paid work experience that varies across organizations, at their discretion. To receive academic credit for an internship, you must have elective credits within your degree plan that may used toward the internship. Also, an internship MUST be related to what you are studying while attending HPU. 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.

 

If an internship is paid, a student must work 200 hours per credit. If it is non-paid, a student must work 75 hours per credit OR 200 hours if all 3 credits registered within the same term.In addition to working the required hours outlined above, students must write a reflective paper and will work with a faculty member from their college to develop an appropriate paper topic. The student must also complete a self-evaluation and receive a satisfactory Performance Evaluation from their employer in order to receive a passing grade. 

 
***HTM Majors must still complete 600 hours, regardless if it the internship is paid or non-paid***

Co-ops serve as entry-level, paid work experience in which a student can also earn academic credit (not all internships are paid, but all co-ops are). They provide initial exposure to a field or profession. A student must work 200 hours per credit.

Students can register for 1, 2, or 3 internship/co-op credits at a time. Undergraduates may apply up to 12 co-op credits toward their degree plan. Graduate students may apply up to 3 credits toward their degree plan.

In addition to working the required hours outlined above, students must write a reflective paper and will work with a faculty member from their college to develop an appropriate paper topic. The student must also complete a self-evaluation and receive a satisfactory Performance Evaluation from their employer in order to receive a passing grade. 

 

  • You must be a degree-seeking student at HPU with an established HPU 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

International students must obtain work authorization from the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) in order to participate in any paid or non-paid internship or co-op. They are located at: 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200 in Downtown Honolulu (that is on the second floor of UB building).

Please contact OISS before attempting to register for an internship: (808) 356-5299 or iss@hpu.edu


  • Use these experiences as a tool for discovery into your interests, aptitudes, and abilities in various work settings
  • Receive valuable training and mentoring and increase your marketability
  • Create a more robust and viable résumé
  • Gain a first-hand glimpse into the corporate or organizational culture beforehand to make a more informed decision on company and career choices
  • Since employers use co-ops and internships to recruit employees, you can position yourself for an employment opportunity BEFORE graduation

INTERNSHIP FORMS

INTERNSHIP & CO-OP FORMS (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)