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Experiential EducationInternships & Cooperative Education

Practical experience in your major!

Parallel - work part-time and study full or part-time during consecutive semesters.

Alternating - work full-time one semester, attend classes the next, repeat until graduation.

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The International Career Advantage Program (ICAP) can help you find an internship outside of the country. International students are eligible to do internships through Curricular Practical Training (CPT). A CPT Workshop is required (<5 mp4 | wmv).

To get credit for your internship/co-op experience, most academic programs require:

Policy on Continuance in Experiential Education

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 to begin an internship/coop experience
  • CMC Liaisons and staff have the responsibility of reviewing transcripts of experiential education
    students to confirm the 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 to continue as a student in good standing
  • If a student's GPA falls below a 2.0, the student will have one semester of probation to bring the
    GPA up to a 2.0
    • If the GPA is not a 2.0 after the one-semester probation period, the student will
      not meet the criteria for an internship/coop experience
  • Employers should be notified once the student GPA falls below a 2.0
    • To adhere to FERPA guidelines, the employers should be informed that the student "no longer meets the criteria to be recommended by the Career Management Center to participate in the intern/co-op
      experience"

  1. Attend one AL Internship/Co-op Orientation. Not on Campus? Attend online Orientation and Training sessions:
  2. Meet with Arts & Letters CMC staff member (in person or email) to have your resume reviewed/approved, and go over Requirements
  3. Upload approved resume to CareerLink
  4. Search for internships
  5. Contact Department faculty Internship Coordinator department guidelines and to get final approval once internship has been secured
  6. Complete Internship/Co-op Experience in CareerLink, print for signatures and return to CMC, BAL 1006
  1. Attend one BU Internship/Co-op Orientation and/or Schedule an Appointment with CMC Staff member (in person or virtual)
  2. Get Resume approved and upload resume to CareerLink
  3. Meet prerequisite requirements and maintain 2.0 GPA
  4. Use CareerLink and other tools to search for Internships
  5. Complete Internship/Co-op Experience in CareerLink, print for signatures and return to CMC, 1011 Constant Hall
  6. Requirements for Paper
  1. Attend one EN CAP Orientation
  2. Attend EN CAP Training #1
  3. Attend EN CAP Training #2
  4. Not on Campus? Attend online Orientation and Training sessions:
  5. Have your resume reviewed (can be done electronically via email)
  6. Upload your approved resume to CareerLink
  7. Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  8. Report Requirements

"I decided to give the co-op thing a try. I remember being unsure if it was for me. I signed up and interviewed with Siemens (now Continental). The guy that hired me, another ODU grad, mentored me as a young engineer. We worked together for many years and remain good friends today. I hadn't really thought about the co-op program...it turned out to be one of the two most pivotal and most positive decisions in my professional career."

- Jason Kilgore

Engineering Satellite Office

Jason Kilgore

  1. Contact the Internship Coordinator and have your resume reviewed, go over Requirements, and find out the approved internship locations
  2. Fill out the Learning Contract and return it to Erin Mills along with an electronic version of your job description to be registered for credit.
  3. Once registered log onto Blackboard* to submit your internship report electronically for a grade at the end of the semester (Report Instructions).
  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to determine where an internship will fit in your schedule and overall degree plan.
  2. Speak with your financial aid counselor to determine if your financial aid will cover the cost of your trip.
  3. Check out potential companies who may offer an international internship in your major.
  4. Choose a company, location and be prepared to talk about how you will fund your experience before making an appointment.