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About Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Co-ops offer great opportunities for students wishing to gain paid experience in their field of study while working toward their degree. They provide a mutually beneficial relationship among an organization, SIUE, and a student. In this relationship, students combine academic study with periods of career-related work experience under the supervision of the employer.

Types of Co-op

The CDC offers several types of co-op:

  • Alternating Co-op ‑ Students may work full-time every other semester (or no more than two semesters back-to-back), alternating between full-time work assignments and full-time enrollment in school
  • Parallel Co-op ‑ Students may work part-time year-around while attending school full or part time
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) ‑ Co-op qualifies for “Curricular Practical Training” for international students

Explore our co-op resources to learn more or contact us for more assistance.

About Internships

The Career Development Center offers opportunities for students wishing to gain experience in their field of study while working toward their degree. Internships provide a mutually beneficial relationship among an organization, educational institution, and a student. Students combine academic study with periods of career-related work experience under the supervision of the employer.

These opportunities provide benefits to both students and employers. Students have an opportunity to explore their career path prior to graduation. Employers can preview talented students, who are studying the most recent technology.

The Career Development Center coordinates internships for students in a variety of academic programs. These internship placements do not include clinicals, practica or internships handled by individual academic departments for credit. Students should contact the CDC for internship information regarding their academic major.

Explore our internship resources and contact us for mopre assistance.

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