Internships/Co-ops: Information for Employers

This web page is designed to provide information to employers/organizations who are interested in recruiting Clarion University students for internship and co-op positions.

General Information

General Information for Employers Offering Academic Credit for Internships

Events

  • Career Fairs
    Learn about opportunities to connect with employers/agencies with internships, summer jobs, and community service positions.

Clarion University's Definition of "Internship" and "Co-op"

Co-op

Co-op courses (300-level) are based upon job assignments that are related to the student's university major or career objectives and provide learning experiences as stated in their respective learning objectives. Faculty coordinators from academic departments advise students, review learning objectives, and evaluate term reports.

Cooperative education procedures are sufficiently flexible to provide for student and employer needs. The program is designed to enhance self-realization and direction by integrating classroom study with planned and supervised experiences in educational, professional, business, and cultural learning situations outside the formal classroom environment. The joint efforts of faculty, participating employers, and students are directed toward the achievement of an educational experience where classroom studies and appropriate work experience combine to reinforce each other.

Prerequisite: junior standing, minimum 2.5 QPA, or approval of the appropriate college dean. Offered each semester and on demand.

Internship

An internship (400-level) is usually a culminating experience for seniors. Interns should have completed most of the required courses in their major area of study. Internships operate somewhat like student teaching, with the emphasis upon application of knowledge in a realistic setting rather than acquisition of new material. In other words, internships are begun with most entry-level skills at least partially developed, and the intern is expected to render supervised professional services. The length of an internship may be less than a semester or as long as a year. Many internships carry no salary or stipend.

Because internships are tailored to fit the demands of the respective professions as well as the needs of individual students, each college and department is encouraged to establish requirements and criteria for acceptance in the program and for successful completion which go beyond the minimal requirements established by the cooperative education/internship program. Each college is expected to enforce its own requirements through its departments.

Minimally, students must have senior standing and a minimum 2.5 QPA or approval of the department.

Approval Procedures for Internships and Co-ops

Clarion University's internships and co-ops are handled at the departmental level. Faculty coordinators from academic departments advise and assist students in designing an internship or co-op experience.

Registration in the departmental internship or co-op course is required for the student to receive credits. Each college and department may have specific requirements and criteria for acceptance in the program and for successful completion which go beyond the minimal requirements established by the cooperative education/internship program. Students should check with departmental coordinators for details.

Last Updated 4/9/18