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Co-ops and Internships


Co-ops and InternshipsThe Cooperative and Internship Programs in the College of Business Administration are designed to enhance students' Professional development through integration of classroom study and planned, supervised experiences in business settings.

Coordinated by the faculty, these programs direct students toward participating employers for experiences that augment class work and provide new and unique opportunities for learning.

Co-op Program (300 level):
Available to all business administration majors with junior or senior standing, the business experiences are generally undertaken concurrently with classroom studies (1-9 credits).*

Internship Program (400 level):
A culminating, substantial experience for senior and graduate students who have completed a significant number of academic courses in their major (6-12 credits).*

*Twelve credits is the maximum awarded to students for undertaking both co-op and internship experiences.  The business experience generally requires a minimum of 45 work hours per credit hour, provided the work experience is all academically related.


Types of Opportunities by Academic Major:


  • Auditing

  • Budgeting

  • Costing manufacturing activities

  • Financial data recording

  • Financial statement analysis and preparation

  • Tax preparation



  • Banking

  • Policy analysis

  • Statistical analysis for business & government

  • Urban and regional planning



  • Banking

  • Financial analysis

  • Insurance

  • Loans and credit


Human Resource Management

  • Human resource management assistant

  • Labor relations assistant


International Business

  • Global Business analysis

  • Corporate relations

  • Trade & Finance



  • Management trainee

  • Operations management assistant

  • Planner/Policy analyst



  • Advertising

  • General merchandise management

  • Marketing research

  • Sales


Real Estate

  • Real estate research assistant


Participating Firms-
More than 100 local, regional, national, and international organizations have participated in the Co-op/Internship Programs.  Each department has a list of participating organizations available for review.

Overall Process-
Students should complete an application from the respective department.  Interviews may be conducted through Career Services, the employer, or the faculty coordinator.  If selected by a prospective employer, the student must complete the Learning Contract, including the job-oriented objectives, prior to employment and the start of the semester.

Class Schedule-
Careful schedule planning is required for students who wish to participate in the programs and graduate within four years.  Student should meet with their advisor and/or faculty coordinator early in their college career to plan their curriculum.

The minimum QPA is 2.5; however, individual departments and employers may require higher QPAs.  The grading of co-op/internship experiences should be expected as "credit/no record," with the credits earned placed under free electives on the course requirement sheet.  

When students are required to move away from home and/or campus for the program, living arrangements are their responsibility.  The employer and faculty coordinator may aid them in finding accommodations.

Participants may be paid on the basis of their employment situation, on-the-job responsibilities, students experience, or qualifications.

Further information-
Students interested in these opportunities should contact their department chair in person or by e-mail.


Past firms supporting Co-ops and Internships

4N Corporation

84 Lumber

AC Valley School District

Academic Services: Harrisburg

Alexander Law Office

Allegheny Co. Controller

Allegheny Enterprises, Inc.

Almost Famous

Alpern, Rosenthal & Co.

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

American Video Glass/Sony


Arthur Anderson

Astro Homes

Beaver Valley Golf Club

Big Red Kawasaki

Bill Costan

Bill Smathers

Boca Raton Resort & Club

Borough of Brookville

Botamer Financial Corp

Burns & Burns

Burt Hill Kosar Rittermann Associates

Butler Memorial Hospital

Cameron County Industrial Development Authority

Cellular One

Chandler Dining Hall


Chritopher Botamer

Chub Group of Ins. Cos.

Cirriaralli Excavating and Contracting

City of Erie

Clarion Area School District

Clarion Borough

Clarion Builders & Ace Hardware

Clarion Call

Clarion Chamber of Commerce

Clarion County 

Accounting Office



Dept. of HR

Clarion Fruit Company

Clarion Mall

Clarion Psychiatric Center

Clarion University


Advising Center

Accounting Office

Athletics' Department

Computer Support

Continuing Education

Egbert Hall

Federal Credit Union

Financial Aid


Human Resources

Keeling Health Center


Student & University Affairs

Student Recreation Center

Venango Campus

Clear Channel Communications

Clearview Mall

Clyde, Ferraro, & Co. LLP

Coates, Way, & Anderson PC

College Directory Publishing


Computer Showcase and the Learning Center

Cosmic Rays

Crooks Clothing

Deloitte & Touche

Delta Contractors

Destinta Theaters

Disney World

District Attorney's Office

Dixon University Center

Doubletree Hotel - Pittsburgh

Dryden Advisory Group, LLC

Eagle Park Apartments

Eastenal Co.

Eat 'N' Park

Edward Jones Investment


Enterprise Rent-A-Car

ERA Signature Realty

ESPN Radio

Excavating and Contracting, Inc.

Family First Sports Park

Famous Footwear # 570

Farmers National Bank

Fastenal Company

Fayetteville Contractors Inc.

FCI McKean

First Affiliated Investment Grp.

First United National Bank

Flowers 'N' Bows

Four Wheel Drive Hardware

Fred L. Burns, Inc.

Froggy 98.3

Gannon University SBDC

General Electric

Golden Hill Nursing Home

Goldsteins Furniture, Corporate

Haines & Company

Hamill Manufacturing Company

Health Services of Clarion, Inc.


Holiday Inn - Clarion

Horton & Associates

Hoss's Corporation

IDL - Construction


Iron Mountain

Janke Insuance Agency

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Jay's Sports Bar and Restaurant

John Perry & Associates

Joy Cone, Inc.

Kaefer's Tax and Notary Service

Kahle's Kitchens, Inc.

Keystone Country Concrete

Foundations Inc.

Keystone School District

Keystone Smiles

King's Jewelry

Kriebel Minerals, Inc.

Lanier World Wide

Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.

Maher Duessel CPAs

Marchal & Marchal, PC CPAS

Mark Aaron-District Attorney


Matric Limited

Matt Higgins, State Farm Ins.

May & Company CPA's

McDonald's Corporation

McKinley & Co., PC

McMahon, O'Polka, Guelcher, & Associates

Merrill Lynch


Mouse Gear



National City Bank

National Forge Company

New Line Cinema

Northwest Alliance

Novo Nardisk

NW Regional Planning & Dev.

Ochs Forestry

Oil Heritage Region, Inc.


OSRAM Sylvania

Otra Sud Gmbh, A Sonepar Co.

Paris Healthcare Linen Service

Parker/Hunter Inc.

Penn Hills Police Department

Penn Virginia Corp.

PennDOT Engineering District 1


Peter E. Stubler, Inc.


Pittsburgh Brewing Company

Premier Planning Group

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

PTC Administrative Office

Putnam Investments

Quick Stop Market

Right Electric, Inc.

Ron Seidle Chevrolet

Sealy Mattress

Seses Carpet Cleaner

SMI Homes

Social Security Administration

Sorce Inc.

Structural Modulars Inc.

T.L. Bainey Inc.


Tanney Montgomery Scott

Things Remembered

THIS - Dixon University Center

Three Rivers Bank

Training and Development Center

TravelCenters of America

Travelers Property Casaulty Co.

Troese & Associates Inc.


U.S. Steel

United Community Hospital

Uppers and Downers

Urish Popeck & Co.;LLC

Vector Marketing Corp.

Venango County


Walter J. Horton and Associates

Weis Markets

Wesco Distribution


Wheat First Union

World Trade Center Institute