Co-ops and Internships

Students

Are you longing to break out into the workforce? How would you like to test the waters of your chosen field before graduation? We can help you do both.

Gain Real-World Experience with a Co-op or an Internship

Career Services offers support for students seeking a co-op or an internship. We provide resources to help you find a position that fits into your college schedule and career plan. You can search postings and apply for co-ops and internships via our HuskyJOBS system. Once you land a position, we will guide you throughout your experience, and serve as your on-campus point of contact.

Regardless of where you are in this process, we invite you to contact us. Continue reading to learn what an internship or co-op can do for you and view our CareerSpots video tutorials.

What is an internship?

An internship is a work experience that is NOT for academic credit. Because an internship is not for academic credit, the student does not have to pay tuition, conduct evaluations, or complete any assignments. Typically, students perform an internship during the summer semesters as academic credit is not needed during this time to maintain continuously enrolled status (i.e., student loans will not become due and students may remain on a guardian’s health insurance). It is important to understand that the income earned during an internship may affect a student’s financial aid eligibility. Please read through the financial aid section of this website and contact your financial aid officer for further assistance.  An internship may or may not be paid or related to your major area of study, and often the experience is not progressive in nature. If a student wants to participate in an internship during the fall or spring semesters, this will affect continuously enrolled status and student loans may come due, the student may not be able to remain on a guardian’s health insurance, and registering for classes in the upcoming semester may be prevented.

 

How do I find an internship?

You can find internship opportunities through the following resources:

If you come across employers who are not yet familiar with our co-op program, please refer them to our office, and we will answer any questions they may have.

What is a co-op?

Cooperative Education is a joint venture between the University, a selected employer, and the student. The Co-op student will work for an employer and earn academic credit in the process. Work assignments are intended to be related to your major and are varied to provide a range of experience and training. Employers must provide Co-op students with paid, challenging work. The student should work closely with a supervisor to learn while on the job and to complete the required evaluations. The student will also complete written assignments, which is used, along with evaluations, in determining the final grade. 

 

Co-op Eligibility

Undergraduate students must possess the following qualifications to participate in the co-op program:

  • Second-year class standing, or if you are a transfer students, you must have completed at least one semester in residence at Tech
  • Good academic and social standing
  • If studying at Tech on an F1 visa, you must obtain authorization from the Office of International Programs and Services

Graduate students must possess the following qualifications to participate in the co-op program:

  • Completion of at least one semester at Tech
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA and good social standing
  • Permission from your academic advisor
  • If studying at Tech on an F1 visa, you must obtain authorization from the Office of International Programs and Services

How do I find a co-op?

You can find cooperative education opportunities through the following resources:

  • HuskyJOBS
  • Job fairs
  • Tech’s academic departments
  • Student organizations
  • Online searches

If you come across employers who are not yet familiar with the co-op program, please refer them to our office, and we will answer any questions they may have.