Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Internships: These programs are crucial in enabling students to gain practical experience in their chosen majors and/or career fields.
Internship positions provide a one time (usually one semester) opportunity for students to utilize their academic training in a professional setting.
Internships may be:
- Salaried, volunteer, or stipend-paid
- For academic credit (approved by your academic department)
- Part time or full time
- One semester (usually), sometimes two, and students may participate in more than one internships during the time they are enrolled at UWG
- Student must possess a 2.0 minimum GPA and be classified as a Sophomore prior to interning
- Each academic department determines how much if any credit students may receive and what type of grade will be issued
Cooperative Education requires two or more semesters in a professional setting and are:
- Always salaried
- Non-credit unless arrangements are made with your academic department
- Require a minimum of 2.5/4.0 overall GPA for undergraduates and a 3.0/4.0 overall GPA for graduate students
- The completion of 30 hours for undergraduates and 10 hours for graduates
- Parallel (part time) or Alternating(work every other semester)
- Normally a student remains with the same employer throughout the assignment and completes a sequence of progressively more responsible positions or assignments. The employer may establish higher GPA standards and requirements for the completion of specific course work prior to the Cooperative assignment.
Some students may also be eligible to earn Academic Credit. For Academic Credit, students must contact their major department chair or advisor. They will tell you the requirements needed to complete the internship for hours of credit. Internships for Academic Credit are billed just like any other credit course based on the number of hours granted for the internship.
You may call the Career Services office to schedule an appointment with one of our Career Development Specialists - In addition to reviewing job lists with students they:
will assist with specific job searches for students
will help with résumé preparation and printing
will show students how to network for current and future jobs
will help students prepare for interviews
Preparing for your Appointment:
- Print off your resume and bring it with you
- Be prepared to discuss your experiences
- Ask questions
- Assume you are guaranteed the job
- Show up unprepared