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Both co-ops and internships are...
- Paid, full-time, career-related opportunities that allow students to gain real-world experience in their chosen field prior to graduation. Employers often consider internships/co-ops as a prerequisite to obtaining full-time employment
- A chance for students to test drive career paths, companies, and even locations
What's a co-op?
- A co-op (or cooperative education experience) consists of two or more semesters of full-time work
- Alternating periods of work and school
- More responsibility with each return or rotation
- No upward limit to the number of semesters students can work; however, invitations to continue with an employer are contingent upon factors like employer need and student performance
- Employers often consider students early-on in their studies for these opportunities
What's an internship?
- Internships are single work terms of full-time work
- Internships sometimes require advanced coursework and more in-depth knowledge of the student's engineering discipline in order to engage students in meaningful work and maximize employer investment in that student