Internship + Co-op Information

"Internships" refer to project-based, single semester or short-term experiences. Internships occur during the fall, spring, and/or summer and range from two to six months. Internships can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, with an option to be taken for academic credit.

"Co-ops" typically refer to programs that are single or multi-term work experiences run in alternate or in parallel with school terms. Co-ops typically occur with one employer and involve increased responsibilities. Co-ops can occur during fall, spring, and/or summer terms with summer often included. Co-ops can be full-time or part-time; they are traditionally paid positions and taken for academic credit.

Internships and Co-ops:

  • Promote academic, career and/or personal development
  • Include learning objectives, observation, reflection and evaluation
  • Balance learning goals with the organization's needs

How Can Internship and Co-ops Benefit Your Business?

  • Test Drive Talent: Practical experiences for students can lead to a full-time professional hire. They provide an opportunity to ensure the individual can fulfill the responsibilities of a position and fit within the organizational culture.
  • Provide Fresh and Innovative Ideas: Students bring current knowledge from coursework and new perspectives to the work environment. Great way to support students: Organizations are able to show mentorship and support for the up-and-coming future leaders in the workforce.

Internships and Co-ops Are Not:

  • Free help
  • Meant to replace an employee

Economic Development Corporation Partners:

Counties of: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix. Internship + Co-op Information