Experiential Education

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Company representatives tell you how to be successful during your coop or internship.

Experiential Education is an excellent opportunity for employers and students to connect to learn how to work together.

At Michigan Tech, a co-op is an academic course offering 2 credits per semester. Although students earn only 2 academic credits during a co-op assignment, they are considered continuously enrolled students, which allows them to remain on their parents/guardians health insurance plan, defer student loan payments, and register for classes in upcoming semesters. Students may participate in a co-op during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

An internship is most often considered a summer job, with no academic credit earned. (Although we gladly record salary offers made to these students, there is no official registration or paperwork for an internship in our office.)

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Co-op Student?

  • Provides an excellent pool of well-prepared employees
  • Improves personnel selection process by using actual on-the-job performance as a basis for permanent/future hiring decisions
  • Increases cost-effectiveness of recruitment and training. Studies show employers save money by using co-ops to identify and train personnel
  • Improves workforce diversity through access to minority students for permanent employment
  • Increases retention rates among permanent employees recruited and hired through a co-op program. Both students and employers have the time to try out the position and ensure that the fit is the most productive and effective for both
  • Enhances human resource flexibility with effective short-term employees
  • Strengthens company relations with colleges and students. Through evaluations, advisory boards, and other means, employers can work with colleges to ensure an effective curriculum

What are the Student Requirements for Participation?

Students must have completed their first year at Michigan Tech and must be in good academic and social standing. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at Michigan Tech before they may participate in a co-op. International students (on an F1 student visa) must have completed two consecutive semesters at Michigan Tech to be eligible to for a co-op.

What are the Rotational Commitments?

Employers determine single, multiple, or rotational assignments within a semester calendar in these general time frames:

  • Fall Semester: mid-August to December
  • Spring Semester: January to mid-May
  • Summer Semester: mid-May to mid-August

You can also reference Michigan Tech's academic calendar online.

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