Watch short videos for quick advice on seeking a co-op/internship and tips for success in the position. BE SURE TO ALSO READ INFORMATION BELOW.
Co-ops and internships are opportunities that combine learning with work and offer a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that as you are working, you have structure and intentional objectives to learn about a career field. These positions may be full- or part-time and short- or long-term. Some employers have formal internship programs while others only offer internships/co-ops on an informal basis. If you are already working in your field of study, you may be able to turn your current position into a co-op or internship. Undergraduate and graduate students may pursue co-ops and internships.
If you are searching for a co-op/internship, the Internship, Co-op & Job-Search Strategies workshops are a great place to start! It is imperative that you also read the Required Guide associated with your College (links below, under How to Register for Co-op Credit).
You may also want to start your co-op/internship search on your own! The Job Search Strategies Guide covers many options you can utilize to find the right fit:
Here are some additional on-campus resources offered by Career Services:
If you need career advice, such as deciding on a major, Career Services also offers assessments and individual advising appointments to help determine how your particular interests and skills might match skills needed for various careers.
Once you are comfortable with your major and want to begin pursuing your career goals, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for assistance with your co-op/internship search.
NOTE: Forms submitted in HireNKU (before May 31, 2021) will be transferred into Handshake; there is no change to forms submitted after June 1, 2021.
*IMPORTANT: Only hours worked between your enrollment and the end of the semester can be counted.
If you are working 25 hours/week and wish to earn 3 credits, your deadline is 12 weeks before the end of the semester (300 total hours needed ÷ 25 hours/week = 12 weeks.) You will want to allow 1-2 weeks to complete the paperwork, obtain the job description, secure the signatures of your employment supervisor and Faculty Coordinator, and then submit to Career Services. The final deadline for 1 credit in any term is 4 weeks before the last day of class. You'll find more details in the Co-op Handbook (required reading) below.
Students in most majors can take CEP 300 for co-op credit. Graduate students may also enroll for CEP 600. To find details on every step of the enrollment process, please click the link associated with your college, below.
Co-op Guide for CEP 300/CEP 600, click HERE
"I think that interning has made everything I learned in classes a lot easier to understand. It's easier to put things together when you see it in person."
"I think that my co-op opportunity was a very important part of my learning experience at Northern Kentucky University. The co-op opportunity has helped me gain experience in the construction industry. I feel confident that I have more knowledge to better prepare myself for full-time employment as a project manager."
"This was a great experience and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of it and to be a part of this organization."
"[Our co-op student] has exceeded our expectations as a co-op especially considering that this was her first real-world work experience in her chosen field of study. She always presents herself in a professional manner and she is always on time. She is able to adapt to changes in deadlines and scope of tasks given to her quickly. I look forward to working with her this summer full time so that I can challenge her with more complex projects and give her complete ownership of processes that she currently participates in, but cannot own completely due to her part-time availability. She is a great addition to our team!"
"[This student] has been a trusted and valuable member of our financial services team. His work ethic, energy, and willingness to participate in any task has made him a sought after resource in our department. We look forward to having more of his time over the upcoming summer. If he continues to hone his skills within the financial disciplines of accounting and finance he will have a successful future in business."