Internships, co-ops and volunteers help you build a successful resume, get involved in networking opportunities—and may even lead to a full-time job.
Why participate in a co-op or internship?
On average, students who participate in an internship prior to graduation receive great benefits including:
- An increase in compensation packages for most majors
- Practical and marketable workforce experience and transferable skills
- Increased interview opportunities
- Valuable professional connections in your industry
- Skill development and refinement
- Confidence in your abilities
- Potential credit toward degree program completion
“75% of employers prefer relevant work experience. “ ~ National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
What’s the difference?
Cooperative Education (Co-op): An academic program that blends classroom learning with practical work experience. You can earn academic credit while experiencing hands-on learning. With a co-op job, you’ll discover keys to career success as you develop a job search plan in your chosen field.
Certain eligibility requirements (good academic standing and completion of a minimum of two courses in one’s field of study) must be met in order to participate. Involvement in the co-op program not only helps defray college expenses, but also provides a networking base that lends support to your career. At WCC, most technical, business and computer programs offer the co-op option.
Internships: Opportunities for practical experience. Internship experiences provide you with an introduction to work environments and the chance to gain industry-specific skills. On-the-job training and networking prove valuable in determining career interests.
Visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) website for more information.
Interested in participating in either program? Contact Center for Career Success today!
Find an internship or co-op job
Handshake matches you to businesses that have the type of internship you are looking for. Just create a personal profile, post a resume and information about yourself.
Make an appointment with your department co-op supervisor to get started with the co-op process.
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role.
Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Local volunteer & community resource organizations
Volunteering in our community is a way to stay engaged. These links provide an overview of volunteer opportunities in our area. Volunteering allows you to support a worthy cause as well as provide a valuable experience for your resume.