Internships are a valuable part of the college experience. Across the university, these opportunities to gain career related experience can vary in many ways.
Internship opportunities that are offered for pay, or for a combination of pay and course credit, can be posted with our office through our CareerLinX system. Students can apply through Nace-Link, or directly to employers by whatever parameters they specify.
Internships that are offered exclusively for course credit are usually coordinated through the various academic departments, but can also be posted through NACE-Link if employers choose to do so. They are planned and supervised through the student's academic advisor and/or department, who will coordinate with the employer to ensure that the work meets curriculum standards, and provides appropriate experience for the student.
Some employers use the terms "internship" and "co-op" interchangably. However, from an academic perspective, there is a slight difference. While both terms refer to a student gaining academic credit for work performed in an external company environement, the "internship" refers to work that is performed on a part-time basis while the student continues to attend classes during a regular academic term (or occasionally, multiple terms). A "co-op" refers to work performed on a full-time basis, usually for the duration of an academic semester, where the student does not take any additional classes.
It varies from student to student as to which format is more condusive, based on a number of factors. Both formats have been implemented successfully for particular positions. Historically speaking, most CBU students will perform "internships", since the part-time schedule is more condusive to the remainder of a student's academic requirements.
Internships benefit students by providing work in a professional environment, and provide career awareness. Students can evaluate their choices and reflect upon the direction of their career. Internships provide valuable, real-world, hands-on experience that can prove invaluable after graduation; students develop job search skills, as well as self-confidence in identifying their own personal strengths and abilities.
Employers also benefit from the internship process, as they are able to evaluate students for potential full-time employment. Students often contribute new ideas and insights into the work place; they are also cost-effective, and can be scheduled to work to fit the employer's needs. Employers can post a position through CareerLinX.
The university also benefits from internships programs. They can strengthen the connection between alumni and the community, and assist with the retention rates of current students. The curriculum can also benefit through employer feedback.
Employers, to submit a proposal for an academic internship, please complete the Academic Internship Proposal Form. A member of our staff will contact you to discuss the details shortly.