is an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and information acquired from their academic program and is valuable for development and career marketability.
Spend a half-day, full day, or several days shadowing a professional by participating in the Job Shadowing Program. This opportunity is designed to help you gain valuable exposure to a career you want to pursue.
Service Learning and Field Study Programs
When you participate in Service Learning or a Field Study, you can apply what you learned in the classroom to the real world of work. While performing community service for a particular class or in a work environment directly related to your major, you also earn academic credit. Both academic-based volunteer opportunities require establishing learning objectives, an action plan to accomplish those objectives, and reflection about the experience.
Community Work Study Program
If you are a Federal Work Study student, you are allowed to work off-campus with local nonprofit organizations and receive financial aid work study funding for hours worked. Community Work Study students are encouraged to choose positions related to their major or interest area as a way to participate in real world work experiences.
Intern or CoOp
Internships and Cooperative Education (CoOp) programs are designed to help you gain experience related to your major. Students seek these opportunities to gain academic knowledge and real-world work experience to become more marketable for full-time, post-graduation careers.
Internships: An internship is most often a one semester experience that may or may not be for academic credit. It may also be paid or unpaid, but employers should comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Students typically seek internships in their junior and senior years in college. If seeking credit, you should meet with your academic advisor to discover if you are eligible to pursue an internship.
Cooperative Education (CoOp): Cooperative education programs (CoOps) are multi-semester experiences that are always for course credit and always paid. There are two forms of CoOps: parallel or alternating. A parallel CoOp student works and goes to school at least 3 semesters in a row, averaging 15-25 hours a week at work and 9-12 academic credits. An alternating CoOp student alternates between workplace and school semester by semester, working 40 hours a week during work terms and going to school full time during academic terms.
To become CoOp eligible, schedule a CoOp Information Appointment with Career Services.
Meet with an individual who currently works in your field of interest to ask questions about his or her career path, the industry, and the corporate culture of a potential future workplace.