Internship or co-op: What’s best for me? To meet the diverse needs of students, different approaches to experiential learning are available.
The Internship Opportunity: An internship is a structured and supervised work experience in the areas related to a student’s major. At RSU, internships are three credit hour, senior-level classes.
The Co-op Opportunity: Co-op educational opportunities are structured methods of combining classroom- based education with practical work experience. They provide academic credit for structured job experience and provide an experiential learning experience that is not possible in the classroom.
Students must submit an internship proposal to their department head for the semester the student wishes to enroll by the due dates shown below:
- Fall: August 1
- Spring: January 1
- Summer: May 1
Students will be required to:
- work 150 hours during the semester
- complete a daily journal of their work assignments
- submit progress reports on a weekly basis
The internship supervisor also will submit two evaluation reports during the semester. Employers may have academic requirements students must meet before applying, including GPA requirements. Internships may be paid or unpaid. The School of Business and Technology can assist you in locating and obtaining internship or co-op opportunities.
Set Yourself Apart
RSU students have participated in internship and co-op opportunities with companies across the region, including:
- Grand River Dam Authority
- Pryor Chamber of Commerce
- Y-12 National Security Complex
Students stand to gain invaluable practical experience from an internship or co-op opportunity, and benefits such as:
- an expanded professional network
- first-hand perspective of career field
- opportunity to learn career-specific skills
- experience and references for the resume
- greater confidence
- a competitive edge in future job searches
To get more information about the School of Professional Studies Internship and Co-op Opportunities Program, or to apply for admission to the program, please contact:
The School of Professional Studies