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 college credit
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
- BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS…a mandatory advisement session with Career Services Program Manager is required for all students who intend to participate in a co-op or internship and earn academic credit.
- BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS…meet with Career Services Program Manager to verify eligibility and sign the Co-op/Intern Student Agreement
- Failure to do so will mean the student is ineligible to register for co-op/internship work experience.
- International students are required to verify eligibility with “Immigration Services” at ERAU before meeting with Career Services
In order to participate in an official University Co-op/Internship and earn academic credit, students must complete registration/enrollment with Career Services. One upper-level open elective credit hour will be awarded to undergraduate students for every 100 clock hours worked, up to a maximum of 6 credits for 15 weeks of full-time employment for the spring or fall semester and 13 weeks for the summer semester for the successful completion of a Cooperative Education/Internship work term. Graduate students earn one elective credit hour for every 200 hours of work and are awarded a maximum of 3 credits. Co-op credits are applied to required elective credits in student’s major with approval of the department. COE may convert open elective credit from an internship to required technical at the time graduation application is submitted. Students are charged one (1) credit hour of tuition.
Top 10 reasons why you will want to and why we encourage you to be registered for your co-op/internship
- Accountability 6. Verification of work term
- Official Experience 7. Financial Aid benefits
- Transcript notation 8. Defer Financial Aid repayments
- Earn credit 9. Verification of full-time enrollment
- Course substitution for technical credit 10. Interaction with Career Services
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 Office.
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.