Internships & Co-Ops

Getting Experience

What is an Internship?

The undergraduate internship program is an academic program designed to complement a student’s formal education with practical work experience. It is a work experience that helps students better understand the “real world” applications of their academic studies. Typically, internship experiences are for one semester only.

What is a Co-op?

Cooperative Education is a balanced educational program in which undergraduate and graduate students participate in planned work experiences related to their academic major and/or career interests. Students supplement their classroom learning with relevant, practical training and experience. The purpose of the Cooperative Education Program at Georgia Southern University is to produce optimal educational results for students by integrating planned work experience with classroom theory. Typically, a Co-op program will involve multiple semester experiences with the same company over the course of your college career.

 


Internships
What is an internship?

The undergraduate internship program is an academic program designed to complement a student’s formal education with practical work experience. It is a work experience that helps students better understand the “real world” applications of their academic studies.

Internship Guide

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The Professional Internships are:
  • Single-semester work experiences (minimum)
    • Note: Students can work consecutive [spring & summer or summer & fall] terms. Students can also work multiple internships with the same or different companies.
  • Related to a student’s major
    • Note: Our Service Learning program allows students to intern for non-profit or other civic organizations
  • Full-time (at least 40 hrs/week) or Part-time (at least 20 hrs/week)
  • Completed during the Fall or Spring semester (16 – 18weeks) OR
  • Completed during the Summer semester (12 – 14 weeks)
  • Paid or Non-Paid
  • Available for Academic Credit (count toward your degree requirements)
    • Must be approved by Faculty/Academic Advisor
  • Available for Non-Academic Credit (allows you to maintain full-time or part-time student status)
Goals and Benefits of the Internship Program:

Your participation in the internship program will offer you a myriad of opportunities that will be beneficial to you both now and in the future. These goals & benefits include:

  • Gain relevant work experience prior to graduation
  • Increasing your understanding of classroom theory through practical experience
  • Exploring career goals and options
  • Integrate practical knowledge into classroom learning
  • Enhancing your marketability to employers upon graduation
  • Sharpening your communication and interpersonal skills
  • Gain an understanding of professional cultures and expectations
  • Evaluating and improving on your strengths and weaknesses
Requirements:

The Georgia Southern University Internship Program is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students meeting the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (3.00 for graduate students)
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • Have attended Georgia Southern for one semester (For Transfer Students)
  • Be available to participate in at least one work assignment (one assignment = one semester).
Internship Registration

Making Your Internship Official

Prior to starting your internship, it is critical that you contact the Office of Career Services to register for the appropriate tuition-free, audit-credit internship course in order to remain enrolled full-time at Georgia Southern while you are working. This course will allow the internship to be officially recognized by the University on the student’s transcript and prevents gaps in enrollment (for insurance purposes, housing, student fees, student loans, etc.) The number of audit credits depends upon the number of hours worked per week.

Make an appointment to meet with the Co-Op/Internship Program Staff by calling the Office of Career Services at (912) 478-5197 or stop by our office located on the 1st floor of the Williams Center Room # 1047.

  • Bring the following to your appointment
  • A copy of your offer letter
  • The number of hours worked per week, hourly salary (if applicable)
  • Contact information for your internship employer (company name, street address, phone number & email)
Resources to Find an Internship

There are many great sources to finding internship positions. The following listed websites are provided below to further assist you in your internship search. Please keep in mind that to qualify as an internship, a job must be related to your major and must be supervised.

 

Co-ops
How does the Co-Op work?

Georgia Southern supports the Alternating Plan and the Parallel Plan for cooperative education.

  • Alternating Plan – allows students to work full-time (40 hrs/week) for one semester and return to school the next semester. (One semester of work and one of school is called oneRotation). This plan continues for at least two (2) rotations.
  • Parallel Plan – allows students to work part-time (at least 16 hrs and no more than 30 hrs per week) and attend school part-time. This plan requires a student to work four or more work/school combination periods scheduled over two academic years.
GSU Co-Op Goals

By participating in the GSU Co-Op Program you should:

  • Gain practical work experience related to your chosen major
  • Further clarify your academic focus and career goals
  • Integrate practical knowledge into classroom learning
  • Gain an understanding of professional cultures and expectations
GSU Co-Op Learning Outcomes

After completing the co-op you should demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply classroom knowledge to actual work situations
  • Communicate effectively
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Function as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering or business problems
  • Understand and apply professional and ethical responsibility
  • Understand the impact of engineering or business solutions in a global and societal context
  • Recognize the need for, and engage in lifelong learning
  • Understand contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and business tools necessary for engineering/business practice
  • Utilize job search skills: resume, interview, decision making skills
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Constructively receive and apply professional feedback
  • Take initiative in a professional setting
Co-Op Program Requirements

The Georgia Southern University Co-Op Program is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students meeting the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students)
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • Have attended Georgia Southern for one semester (for Transfer Students)
  • Be available to participate in at least two alternating semesters (40 hrs/week) OR four parallel semesters (16 – 30 hrs/week) of a work rotation.
Apply to the Co-Op Program

Making Your Co-Op Official

Prior to starting your co-op, it is critical that you contact the Office of Career Services to register for the appropriate tuition-free, audit-credit co-op course in order to remain enrolled full-time at Georgia Southern while you are working. This course will allow the co-op to be officially recognized by the University on the student’s transcript and prevents gaps in enrollment (for insurance purposes, housing, student fees, student loans, etc.) The number of audit credits depends upon the number of hours worked per week.

Make an appointment to meet with the Co-Op/Internship Program Staff by calling the Office of Career Services at (912) 478-5197 or stop by our office located on the 1st floor of the Williams Center Room # 1047.

Bring the following to your appointment

  • A copy of your offer letter
  • The number of hours worked per week, hourly salary (if applicable)
  • Contact information for your internship employer (company name, street address, phone number & email)
Co-Op Student Handbook
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