Internships, Clinical Experiences, and Co-Ops

Internships, cooperative education (co-op), clinical experiences, and practicums allow you to gain course credit through field experience related to your major or career goals.  These experiences can help you:

  • Test out a future career
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply classroom knowledge to a professional environment
  • Network with professionals
  • Get experience for a professional license

According to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 67% 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.  You can also look for opportunities by academic program.  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, clinical placements, and co-ops: