What is the Cooperative Education/Internship Program?
The Co-op/Internship Program provides students with practical experience that reinforces the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom. The Co-op/Internship Program aids in bridging the gap between student life and the world of work. This program combines students’ academic and career interests with work experience in business, industry, government or service organizations. Key elements of the Co-op/Internship Program experience are:
- Professional-level work assignments in areas related to the student’s academic major
- Supervision and evaluation of performance by professionals in a chosen career field
- Completion of learning objectives designed to relate academic studies to the work world
Why should I participate in a Co-op or Internship?
Cooperative Education/Internship offers many benefits to students.
- Provides work experience that is relevant to academic major and career goals
- Helps define career goals so that more realistic job choices can be made
- Establishes valuable professional contacts and broadens job opportunities after graduation
- May provide income to help with college expenses
- Increases self-confidence and interpersonal skills
- Enhances motivation and classroom participation by relating academics to the work world
- Offers the potential to earn one college credit for every 100 hours worked, to a maximum of six credit hours per semester for undergraduate students. Graduate students can earn one credit hour for each 200 hours worked. Each individual department chair/designee is responsible for determining the suitability of potential Co-ops/Internships. Credit is awarded as open electives. In some instances, the department may approve course substitutions for technical or specified credit for certain work experiences. Any substitutions must be approved prior to the start of the qualifying Co-op/Internship.
Who is eligible?
Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program who:
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
- Have completed 30 university or college credit hours. If a transfer student, have completed at least 12 credit hours at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in addition to meeting other requirements
- Remain in good academic standing throughout their participation in the Co-op/Internship Program
Graduate students at full graduate status who:
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
- Have completed six (6) credit hours applicable to his/her degree program, and will have completed nine (9) credit hours by the start of the internship
Are there additional requirements?
Each campus has additional requirements. Please contact your respective campus to learn more. Residential campus students may find additional information by visiting their respective Career Services organization on Blackboard.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed by Career Services. ERAU is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of the student to research the integrity of the organizations to which they are applying. The student is advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any positions with an organization or private party.