Here's what you need to know about the benefits of co-ops and internships:
- Pay: Co-op and intern assignments offer full-time, paid jobs on-site at a company with work relating to your major and during which you do not take classes. Both can provide academic credit by enrolling in the co-op and internship course ET 1910.
- Experience: With an internship or co-op, you’ll get insight into a particular industry and the roles available. You’ll work side-by-side with engineers and technologists on real-world projects.
- Timing: Taking a multiple-rotation co-op can mean delaying graduation by a full academic year or more. But when you do graduate, you will have in-the-field work experience on your resume that employers will value, and many times, students receive job offers before graduation from their co-op or internship employers.
- Location: Co-ops and internships give you the flexibility to work where the company has a relevant opening for you, often in locations throughout Ohio, the Appalachian region, and select cities nationwide.
Set up an appointment with Director of Professional Experiences Dean Pidcock at 740.593.0894 to get started, or see your department’s co-op adviser (PDF list) for help with your schedule.
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- You’ll see how academic theory relates to real-world work.
- You’ll learn if you picked the right career before you graduate.
- You’ll get professional job experience.
- You’ll build professional relationships that can help you later.
- You’ll make money.
- You’ll get a head-start on the job hunt — many co-ops and internships also work as “tryouts” for full-time jobs.
- Be a full-time, degree-seeking student with at least 24 credit hours (all majors except aviation).
- Earn GPAs of 2.5 overall and in engineering classes.
- Complete ET 1500, Career Development, a half-semester, half-credit-hour class.
- Start early. Freshman or early sophomore year is best, as soon as you’ve earned 24 credit hours.
- Complete a co-op schedule with your advisor.
- Set up Bobcat Career Link account.
- Upload your résumé (approved by your co-op advisor) to eRecruiting.
- Apply and interview for positions.
- Accept an offer.
- Register and pay for the appropriate one-credit-hour co-op and internship course for every semester you’re at a work site. The Russ College provides a scholarship for this during summer semesters.
- Complete the co-op and internship course requirements, on time.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 engineering and overall GPA.
- Remember that you remain a registered full-time student while on co-op or internship.
You’ll determine that with your employer, depending on their need and your academic schedule. The earlier you start, the more co-op or internship assignments you can accept. Some students work for just one semester, others work three rotations or even an entire calendar year.
You’ll earn somewhere between $12-$26/hour, depending on your major, academic rank (sophomore, junior, senior), employer, and number of work rotations. The average hourly wage is about $18.
You might work near your hometown, or you might be all the way across the country. Talk with your employer — some provide housing for co-ops, while others offer stipends for housing or assist with moving expenses. Make sure you know if the employer is providing housing or moving assistance before accepting an offer.
Financial aid: The Office of Financial aid will make sure that your financial aid processes correctly. If you want your funds to be distributed differently than when initially awarded, Financial Aid can review the request and make changes if they can. For summer co-ops and internships, Financial Aid assumes you want any financial aid for which you’re eligible to be disbursed for that term.
Health insurance: You remain eligible for Ohio University insurance or coverage under your personal policy while you’re in a co-op or internship.
University housing: You are released from the University Housing Contract while on a co-op or internship assignment.