Student Information

An internship experience makes you more attractive to potential employers and will enable you to make an informed career decision.  A few more benefits include;

  • A hands on employment opportunity in your field of choice
  • Refine your interpersonal and team work skills by meeting, working and socializing with diverse groups of people
  • A paid work assignment can help you to offset your college expenses
  • Earn academic credit and  strengthen your resume
  • Learning valuable job search skills such as, resume writing and interviewing techniques
  • Establish professional contacts with employers
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem through "hands-on" training

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for participation in the internship and co-op program varies among academic programs at OCC. Faculty members within each discipline determine the prerequisites.  Review the college catalog or contact the Internship & Co-op Office if you need additional information. General eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be enrolled in one of the listed and approved academic programs offering a internship/co-op experience at OCC.
  • Before participating in the program, if you are a transfer students, you must successfully complete twelve credit hours at OCC.
  • Some disciplines require written faculty authorization or approval from a designated instructor before participating.

If you are enrolled in one of the listed certificate or degree programs and have not completed, graduated or transferred you are eligible to participate in the College's Internship & Cooperative Education Program. You are encouraged to contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator at least two semesters prior to completion, graduation or transfer.

Application Process

If you are interested in the Intern & Co-op program, you should schedule an appointment to meet with the Cooperative Education Coordinator.

If you anticipate internship placements for the upcoming semester you should contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator to initiate the application no later than two months prior to each semester:

In March for the summer semesters In June for the fall semesters In November for the winter semesters.

You are encouraged to attend a Internship & Co-op orientation session offered several times throughout the year to learn about the program in detail. An initial interview appointment with the Cooperative Education Coordinator must be set up.  Completed application, resume and other necessary forms can be submitted at that time. In some technical disciplines, an official copy of the your OCC transcript is required.  A copy of the official transcript must be sent to the Cooperative Education Coordinator before you can accept an employment offer. Registration in the required Internship & Co-op course is mandatory.