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Co-ops and Internships

Career Development Center

Co-op / Internship Online Orientation

What is the difference between a Co-op and an Internship?

  • The main difference between a Co-op and an internship is that a Co-op is always paid, whereas an internship may or may not be paid. Unpaid internships can only be registered through the CDC for students in the School of Business. If a student is pursuing an unpaid internship and they are not a business student, they should speak with their respective academic department to inquire about earning course credit for the experience.
  • There are two types of Co-op

Alternating - Students work full-time every other semester, alternating between full-time work assignments and full-time enrollment in school

Parallel - Students work part-time year round while attending school full-time

NOTE: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available for International Students. Each term, the student must receive final authorization from International Student Services before you begin work.

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