What is Co-op?
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an experiential learning program which provides students exposure to the business and professional world as part of their academic preparation. Co-op allows students the opportunity to work with employers while still pursuing their degrees, and offers invaluable experience for future full-time employment.
The Office of Career Services will try to match the academic disciplines, work skills and career goals of participating students with those jobs available at the time the student enrolls in the program. Students electing to participate in the Co-op program must have sophomore standing and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
What is an internship?
An internship is any short-term, supervised work experience usually related to a student's field of study, for which the student may or may not earn academic credit. The work can be full/part-time, and paid/unpaid, but will make you a marketable, highly desired candidate for employment or even graduate/professional school. Both Co-op and internships are great ways for students to “try before you buy”. These pre-professional experiences are vital for your career development for a number of reasons:
- You can discover what you like or dislike about a particular career field
- You can also validate your choice of major and/or career
- You may even begin to acquire benefits such as vacation and sick leave.
Xavier students who have completed Co-op or internship assignments have traditionally received job offers prior to graduation. So take advantage of the opportunity to “earn while you learn”.
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