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What is an Internship/Co-op?


What is an Internship? 

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the student’s major or career goal. The internship plan generally involves students working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship.


What is a Co-op?

Cooperative education programs, or co-ops, provide students with work related to the student’s major or career goal. Cooperative Education is a structured education program that integrates classroom learning and practical hands-on experience in a field related to a student’s academic or career goals. The fundamental purpose of Cooperative Education is for students to have an opportunity to learn under real-work conditions. Co-op is a partnership between students, educational institutions, and employers, with specified responsibilities for each party.