Cooperative Education

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Explore Internships and Jobs!
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Consider an internship as an integral part of your college education. It’s a high-impact learning experience that integrates academic studies and real-world experience.

In today’s labor market, employers are increasingly looking to hire new college graduates with workforce skills.  The earlier you begin building these skills, the more opportunities will be available to you after graduation.

According to the 2016 National Association of College and Employers (NACE) Student Survey Report, graduates applying for a full-time job are far more likely to receive a job offer and a higher salary if they had an internship experience!




how can an internship help me?

  • develop skills to help you compete effectively in the job market and in life
  • improve your interpersonal communication skills
  • gain practical work experience and begin establishing professional work habits and transferable skills
  • apply what you've learned in the classroom to the workplace
  • become more comfortable networking with professionals
  • earn employment references and letters of recommendation
  • an internship can open the door to a potential job offer

you can Earn academic elective credit while you work

Enroll in a Cooperative Education (Co-op) course!  It’s a great way for you to gain work experience in your major or explore a different field of work and earn academic credit at the same time! 

What is a Co-op course?

Co-op is a course in which you can earn one (1) to six (6) hours of elective academic credit for work experience via employment, an internship or volunteering during the semester(s) you are enrolled in Co-op.

  • With help from the Co-op Coordinator, you can be placed in an appropriate business or industry and earn college credit while gaining practical knowledge at the same time.
  • You and your employer/supervisor complete a learning agreement containing learning objectives that you should meet or progress towards during your internship or other work experience.
  • You complete weekly reflection assignments via the Co-op course in Canvas
  • Co-op is designed to enhance your learning and apply practical skills and learned  theories to your work duties.

Read some student comments about their Co-op course!

How do I find an Internship?

  • Contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator to discuss your interests, availability and major
  • Look on the Co-op web page for a list of current internship opportunities
  • Research organizations where you may have an interest in interning
  • Attend career fairs at the college and through Career Source Gulf Coast
  • Students employed on campus via student assistant and work study programs may use this work experience to earn Co-op elective credit

Contact us

Kimberly Hoyt
Coordinator, Cooperative Education

T 850.872.3874

Student Union East (SUE) Office 59

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