About Internships, Clinical Placements, and Co-ops

Work integrated education, like internships, cooperative education (co-op), clinical experiences, and practicums allow students to gain course credit through supervised work experience related to the student’s academic program or career goals. These experiences are a great way for students to test out a future career, learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge to a professional environment, and network with professionals. Some programs lead to licensing in a specific professional field. According to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 67 percent of students who participated in an internship in 2017 received a job offer with the same company.

Earning credit:

Many academic departments and programs offer internship courses. Some programs require internships, clinical placements, and/or practicums. There are several University-wide internship courses available as electives.  Eligibility varies by program.

Are there non-credit internships?

Yes, many students participate in internships without earning academic credit. Often those opportunities are paid, but some are volunteer experiences at places like non-profit organizations.

Finding internships