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Definition of a Co-op
A co-op (short for Cooperative Education), is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills developed in a professional setting. Like internships, co-ops give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and gives employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Many of the standards applied to co-ops also apply to internships with these distinct differences:
- Co-ops are generally treated as full scale work experiences, always compensated and may be from 3-9 months in length. Internships may be of shorter duration and may or may not be compensated (although compensation is encouraged).
- Co-ops may be tied to accreditation standards or (for employers) to state or federal funding.
Students: Take Action
- Discuss your internship interest with your faculty advisor and your department's faculty internship coordinator
- Allow Career Services to assist you with your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills so your internship search is successful--call us at 701.777.3904 for an appointment
- Click on the Career Connect button to get started with your internship search now
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