The Cooperative Education (Co-op)/Internship Program is designed to provide qualified students with practical work experiences related to their area of study. The Office of Career Services works to ensure that both the needs of the student and the needs of the employer are met.

The Co-op and Internship program matches employers with students for the completion of meaningful workplace tasks. The demands of a co-op job or internship require the advanced skills of an upper level student. At Wright State University, students become eligible for co-op or internship employment in their sophomore year, once they have completed minimum requirements as set by their academic department. photo of students in computer lab

Co-ops

Cooperative education (or Co-op) is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and:

  • Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education; (Note that co-ops are experiences which occur more than one term during a student’s educational experience – they are multi-term.)
  • Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;
  • Evaluates each participating student’s performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student’s institution of higher education and the student’s cooperative employer;
  • Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;
  • Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program is acceptable to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and involves cooperative education. (Note that co-ops are generally a required part of a degree program.)
Internships

Internships are a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrate students’ academic study with work or community service experience and:

  • Are of a specified and definite duration;
  • Evaluates each participating student’s performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student’s institution of higher education and the student’s internship employer;
  • Shall be noted on the student’s transcript; may provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

Some of our graduates have been offered full-time employment through these programs. Students can discover employers for co-op/internships through Co-op Recruiting Days on campus.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services helps students and alumni develop career and life-planning skills, acquire professional experience, master job search strategies, and seek rewarding employment.

How Career Services serves you:

  • Resume writing and cover letter workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Career advising
  • On- and off-campus jobs search banks
  • Online job list and information on career development
  • Graduate school search resource center
  • Career-planning course
  • Career fairs and co-op recruitment days on campus
  • Sponsorship of other local career fairs

Jobs on Campus

Students can take advantage of on-campus employment opportunities for income or education. As part of the federal work-study program, they can pay for education expenses through on-campus employment.

Working on campus is a great way to meet new people including faculty and staff, acquire job skills, and balance work and school. Nearly every office on campus has some kind of employment opportunities.

Career Services can help students discover which department has openings. Students should also plan on participating in the Summer On-Campus Job Fair held every August.