Wilkes undergraduates can be involved in part- or full-time cooperative education employment or part-time professional internships for academic credit.Students generally decide to intern or co-op on a part-time basis while completing degree requirements during 12-14 week semesters.
Each co-op student or intern is assigned to a Wilkes faculty coordinator who has a background related to the student's career experience. Students fulfill Learning Objectives, which are developed with the guidance of a site supervisor (employer) and a faculty coordinator.
Cooperative Education credit appears on students' transcripts as Cooperative Education 399A for 3 credits or 399B for 6 credits. Students may receive more departmental credits for a full-time professionally appropriate and academically challenging position, with the approval of the department chairperson.
Some students carry course loads that do not allow the commitment necessary to earn three co-op credits; lesser-credit options are available. If a portion of the credit is taken in a participating department, a special department course number appears on the transcript.
Since Cooperative Education is a credit-granting program, normal tuition policies are followed during the fall and spring semesters. Tuition costs for the summer sessions are one-half of the current tuition rates.
Requirements for Eligibility
- Full-time undergraduate standing
- At least sophomore standing
- Minimum 2.00 grade point average
- Signed permission from the student's advisor and department chairperson's approval prior to internship placement.
Undergraduate students who meet academic standards and have completed a minimum of 30 credits are eligible to participate in the fall, spring, or summer programs.