Internships and Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Coop)/Experiential Learning and Internships provide a beneficial three-way partnership among the employer, the students, and the college. Through the Internship and Coop Education program, employers have access to a pool of highly qualified students, who are eager to take on challenging assignments.

Program Benefits

  • Provides the opportunity to apply classroom learning to practical problems on the job.
  • Allows students to work with professionals in the field they are preparing to enter.
  • Students in these programs are generally more committed to their academic fields.
  • Cooperative Education students and Interns are often exposed to advanced technology and equipment in a learning environment that is not available on campus.
  • Students learn the competitive nature of the job market and what is needed to prepare for the best career positions.
  • Students get the competitive edge in the new graduate job market.

Students in these programs may earn college credit for working in a job directly related to their field of study. Coop Ed/Experiential Learning and Internships can be full or part time, temporary or regular, paid or non-paid positions at or near the entry level in any given field.

This program is a good way for students to integrate their educational experience with paid work experience as they explore various career opportunities early in their college careers.

Coop Education

Coop Education is an educational concept that relates the classroom to the employment community. Students with a designated major, vocational, or career interest are assisted in locating employment that relates to their classroom studies. Students approved in employment are eligible for academic credit based upon the completion of structured learning objectives.

Coop Education is available in most divisions. To enroll for the Coop Ed program, students should do the following:

  • You must have a job and make an appointment with the Cooperative Education Advisor, Lyndsay Reid.
  • Purchase a Coop Ed Workbook in the USU Eastern Bookstore
  • Complete page 5 and 6 of the workbook.
  • If you qualify, you will be registered for the program and assigned to an adviser.