Co-ops and Internships
Michigan Tech students learn by doing. One of the best ways to determine if a major is right for you is to try it. Co-ops and internships give you a chance to find out what you like, and just as important, you find out what you don’t like about a career, company, or region of the country or world.
More than 470 companies visit Michigan Tech annually to recruit students for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment in 19 industry sectors. In the last year, students were placed in co-op experiences in 30 states, earning an average salary of $21 per hour.
Co-op and internships—what’s the difference and which opportunity is right for you?
Internships are generally offered in the summer and while you’ll be paid—and paid well—you won’t earn college credit for your experience.
Co-ops are typically during a fall or spring semester and frequently include a summer internship. In addition to working full-time, you’ll earn academic credit. Employers must provide you with challenging paid work intended to be related to your major.
A co-op experience may delay your time to graduate. However, you will gain valuable experience and save and pay for future semesters of school through your earned wages.
Interested? Talk with staff in Career Services. They’ll help you develop a strategy to add value to your time at Michigan Tech through real experiences that are best for you.