The Next Step
Whether your looking for an academic internship, a cooperative-education opportunity, or a post-graduation job, the Career Development Center is here to lead you on this next step of your journey.
Academic Internships and Cooperative Education
With academic internships and cooperative education, you can earn money and credit while gaining valuable experience related to your major and career goals. Ideally, it’s best to get started on the process up to six months before the intended term. Follow these steps to find and make the most of an internship or a cooperative education position:
- Prepare: meet with a career counselor. Meet a Career Development Center staff member to learn about résumés, web and campus resources, interviewing, and dressing for success.
- Search: use Handshake and other websites to apply for positions. If you are a College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science student interested specifically in a co-op position (alternating full-time work with school), you must be preapproved.
- Update: let the Career Development Center know you’ve been selected for a position. Have your employer fill out the Hiring Agreement at least two weeks before your internship or co-op begins. If you are completing an academic internship, fill out the Academic Internships: Request for Academic Credit Form.
- Orientation: secondary meeting. Have a 30-minute meeting with a member of the Career Development Center staff to go over details. We will enroll you in the appropriate course and go over requirements, such as a brief site visit and employer evaluations.
- Get started: use your skill, work hard, and learn more. Don’t forget that the Career Development Center is always available to use as your resource.
To prepare for internship searches and experiences, sophomore and juniors should attend the Internship Initiative each fall. This workshop provides tips on where to look for internships and how to prepare for the Mastodon Internship Fair held in November.