Employers: Internships & Cooperative Education


Information for Employers

Employers interested in posting internships or co-ops should do so by creating an employer account on Handshake. For more information, contact the Career Development Office at careers@ccsu.edu, or call 860.832.1615.

Internships for credit:

Some academic departments require that students complete an internship for their major. Some majors do not require an internship in order to graduate. Each academic department determines its own policies and procedures regarding internships for credit. Students interested in learning about required internship credits should contact their academic department directly.

Internships not for credit:

For non-credit internship opportunities, students do not need academic approval. The Career Development Office is here to guide students in finding and applying to internships and co-ops. We do recommend that students investigate internship opportunities carefully to ensure that the experience will be a valuable means of exploring or advancing knowledge of a career choice. For help in this process, reach out by visiting the Career Development Office in Willard-DiLoreto Hall, Suite 101, or by calling 860.832.1615.

Cooperative Education

Through the Co-operative Education Program (co-op), employers are able to select students best suited to fill their employment needs before those students graduate. Companies hire co-op students and train them on the job for a predetermined period of time. The two co-op work blocks are: A) January-June and B) July-December. Hiring a co-op student is very cost effective because companies are not required to offer employee benefits to co-op students, and co-op students are not eligible for unemployment compensation at the conclusion of their work block. Unlike other temporary hiring arrangements, businesses never pay any fees or service charges associated businesses never pay any fees or service charges associated with our program. A student may participate in the Co-op program for up to four (4) work blocks (two year equivalent) as long as they are progressively learning on the job and satisfied employers can either hire these students (after graduation) as permanent employees at a fraction of the traditional recruitment cost or opt to select another Co-op student.