Co-ops and Internships
What is co-op and internship?
- Work experience related to student’s major and/or career goals.
- Part-time (100 to 300 hours in a semester) or full-time (450 to 600 hours in a semester).
Full-time status for international students is 21 hours or more per week.
- Paid or unpaid.
- The terms co-op and internship terms are used interchangeably at Wright State.
- Test drive career choice.
- Gain real-world work experience.
- Develop transferable skills.
- Earn money.
- Possibly earn credit.
- Network with professionals in the field.
- Apply classroom theory to real-world work situations.
- Develop new skills and refine other skills.
- Enhance your résumé.
- Potentially avoid losing loan deferment - check with your lenders to verify.
- With registration, experience is documented on your transcript.
- By Ohio law, maintains student enrollment status.
- Boost your confidence.
- Sophomore status or above;
- 2.5 cumulative GPA for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduate students;
- Declared course of study or acceptance into major program;
- Completion or near completion of entry level courses outlined by your college.
How to find a co-op or internship
USA Jobs - Pathways (for students and recent graduates)
Idealist (listing for non-profit opportunities)
How to Register
Non-credit full-time or part-time co-op or internship
- If first co-op or internship, call 775-2556 to arrange a meeting with a career advisor;
- Complete the Co-op Registration Form;
- Career advisor verifies student’s eligibility; completes and submits Registration Activity Form;
- Career advisor sends confirmation email to site supervisor and student.
For credit full-time or part-time co-op or internship (Liberal Arts Learning Contract)
- Call 775-2556 to arrange a meeting with a Career Advisor;
- Student identifies and secures a faculty mentor;
- Student completes appropriate sections of the Liberal Arts Learning contract;
- Faculty member completes appropriate section of the Liberal Arts Learning contract;
- Student returns completed Liberal Arts Learning Contact and signs Registration Activity Form;
- Career Advisor verifies student’s eligibility; completes and submits Registration Activity Form;
- Deadline for registration is the 14th day of the semester in which they are registering;
- Student pays fees for Liberal Arts Learning Contract the same as other academic courses;
- Career Advisor sends confirmation email to site supervisor, student and faculty mentor.
- Meet with UCIE to determine eligibility and begin their paperwork process;
- If first co-op or internship, call 775-2556 to arrange a meeting with a Career Advisor;
- Bring a copy of your offer letter;
- Complete the Co-op Registration Form;
- Deadline for students registering for a full-time co-op – registration must be processed and received in UCIE before the first Friday of the term for which they are registering;
- Career Advisor sends International Co-op Agreement Form to site supervisor;
- When completed International Co-op Agreement Form is received, Career Advisor completes Registration Activity Form and send both documents to UCIE;
- UCIE prepares I-20, sends confirmation to site supervisor and the Career Center;
- UCIE sends Registration Activity Form to registrar;
- Student may not start working until all paperwork is processed, student is registered and employer has received the I-20 work authorization;
- Career Advisor sends co-op confirmation email to site supervisor and student.
Requirements for Completion
- Student completes duration of co-op/internship experience;
- Student adheres to organization’s policies and procedures;
- Student completes and returns exit interview questionnaire;
- If Liberal Arts Learning Contract, student completes project outlined by faculty mentor;
- If Liberal Arts Learning Contact, faculty mentor supplies grade to Career Center;
- Student’s site supervisor completes and returns performance appraisal form.
The Company's Role
- May provide an offer letter – a requirement for international students;
- Provide an orientation;
- Outline company policies and procedures;
- Provide direct supervision to the student;
- Contact Career Center if student is terminated;
- Complete an end of term evaluation.
Co-op Registration Form and Liberal Arts Learning Contract available in the Resource Library with Career Center Login
Advice on Video
Majoring in Management Information Systems.
Senior at time of experience.
Employed as Student Trainee at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
What did you do?
Purchased needed supplies for the office with a government purchase card. Collected and helped analyze impact statements for multimillion dollar systems due to sequestration. Composed and managed spreadsheet that held maintenance information for equipment in the office.