An internship cannot be quantified. I can only recommend making it your goal to graduate not only with a degree but with a resume that shows career related work experience and experiential education.
What is the value of an internship? At a time when people of all ages are seeking employment, the one thing that will set applicants apart is experience. As a new graduate the only experience you have to offer is that of earning your college degree; and while that is vital, it speaks volumes to add experience to that degree.
"I think the biggest design project anyone can have
is their own life." Jessi Arrington, Designer
As for the personal value, an internship provides an opportunity to clarify your career choice; take this opportunity to confirm your future! Sometimes it helps to hear from peers who have taken advantage of internship opportunities. – Sharon Castano, Internship & Mentoring Coordinator
The goal of the Cooperative Education & Internship Office is to help you enhance your education with hands-on experience. Co-op education is a process that formally integrates an undergraduate student's academic studies with productive work experiences in a professional setting. The word "cooperative" signifies a mentoring relationship between you, the employer and the University. The important thing to remember is that students (you) reap the benefits of this relationship.
We work with students to find work experiences that provide learning environments and challenging work assignments that are related to their academic and career goals. The Cooperative Education & Internship Office, along with the employer and a faculty coordinator will monitor student work assignments as well as provide on-going mentoring.
What are the advantages of a co-op or internship?
Students in the program are able to:
- see the relationships between course work and actual jobs,
- meet potential employers,
- gain employment references,
- establish relationships with mentors,
- use high-tech laboratory and computer facilities,
- gain entry into companies that interest them,
- improve job prospects, and
- gain academic credits
- 3 credits 15 hrs./week/150 hours
- 6 credits 20 hrs./week/200 hours