Co-ops and Internships
The UAHuntsville Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) offers qualified students the opportunity to gain practical work experience while earning an income and degree. Students work in commercial or government jobs directly related to their fields of study. There are many benefits to this multi-term, professional experience, including clarity of career choice, increased understanding of classroom theory, enhancement of marketability to employers following graduation and networking with professionals.
There are two basic Co-op models:
(1) Alternating Schedule - Students rotate work and school terms with a single employer. Ideally, students complete a minimum of three full-time work assignments. Each work assignment runs concurrently with the semester.
(2) Parallel Schedule - Students work part-time and attend school part-time simultaneously. Ideally, undergraduate students complete a minimum of three consecutive semesters and graduate students complete a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
To qualify for the Co-op Program, students must be degree-seeking and must be authorized to work in the United States.
To maintain eligibility in the Co-op Program, students must do the following:
- Register for the appropriate Co-op section each term and pay the associated fees.
- Complete forms at the beginning and end of each work term.
- Receive a satisfactory work evaluation by supervisor.
Students can begin searching co-op opportunities through Charger Path; however; they can find their co-op position in any way and are not limited to only those opportunities posted on our site.
Internships are one-time, degree related work experiences. Academic (for-credit) internships are offered through the departments. These internships may or may not be paid, and the length of each assignment is determined by the department. Not-for-credit internships are those not required by the academic departments, generally last one full semester and may or may not be paid.
Students may have multiple internships during their college careers. Benefits to participating in an internship program include gaining clarity of career choice, increasing understanding of classroom theory, enhancing marketability to employers following graduation and networking with professionals.
To qualify for internships, students must be enrolled at the university and must be authorized to work in the United States. Students accepting a not-for-credit internship must register for the internship section, pay the associated fees, and complete forms at the beginning of term, mid-term and end of term.
Students can begin searching internship opportunities through Charger Path; however, they can find their internship in any way and are not limited to only those posted on our site.
For information concerning academic internships, students should go to the individual academic departments.
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