Co-op / Internship Program
COVID-19 Internship Guidance
As students prepare for spring term internships/co-ops, externships and clinicals, consider the following information (please be aware that situations related to COVID-19 continue to evolve and so will compliance):
Students, faculty and employers are encouraged to communicate and move their work-based learning online if possible. If feasible, employers and faculty should provide students with guidelines for participating in remote internships. At this time, many employers are not changing their internships programs, but that can change, as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Many internship sites offer remote/virtual work, other internship programs are postponing placement and work.
- Students are advised to stay connected with their internship site supervisor if they've already been placed for a spring/summer internship. Don't hesitate to ask about and request remote work options.
- Consider micro-internships and virtual internships (these are short term, project based, professional, remote internships that offer authentic experience). T hird-party organizations: Parkerdewey.com, virtualinternships.com, riipen.com
- Research remote opportunities: Penguin Jobs, internships.com, linkedin.com, chegg.com/internships/, indeed.com
- To stay informed, students should talk to their faculty about graduation requirement options.
- Email the Work-Based Learning Program Manager for support in developing a plan and identifying opportunities.
In some cases an online internship may not be feasible or desirable. Therefore faculty and departments will need to create projects or learning experiences that are similarly robust.
Work-Based Learning Program
Work-based learning connects your in class learning and skills to the workforce. Participation in an internship, Co-op, practicum or clinical improves your career opportunities by helping you gain relevant work experience, on-the-job training, employability skills and connection to professional networks. Whether it is required for your program of study or not, this is an essential step in clarifying your good-fit career choices.
Co-op is a partnership among employers, students, and the college, designed to provide
students with on-the-job training, college credit, and in most cases, wages. Co-op
is an integral part of most degree and certificate programs; it enhances the educational
process for students by integrating classroom instruction with hands-on experience.
Internships are valuable partnerships for work experience and can add to your professional, personal, and academic growth. They can be either paid or unpaid. They do not need to be related to your major. Employers tend to use the terms Co-op/Internship interchangeably.
Students are responsible for arranging their individual Co-op/Internships. Students begin preparing their Co-op/Internships at least two quarters before graduation.
199 Instructors are responsible for advising Co-op/ Internships students in their respective departments.
Employers can recruit from a talented student pool and participate in the student's work-based learning process through the Co-op/Internship Program.
The Disney College Program
The Disney College Program allows interns to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication.
- "Working at Disney was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I would not trade for anything. I worked with some of nicest people I've ever met and really enjoyed the perks I got for being a cast member.” Kacy C.–2012
More information about the program.