Co-op / Internship Program
Work-Based Learning Program
Work-based learning improves students career opportunities by participating in an internship, practicum or clinical. These experiences help students gain relevant work experience, on-the-job training, employability skills and connection to professional networks while you’re still in school.
The most common WBL activities are co-ops (cooperative education) and internships. Here are the difference: Co-ops are an integral part of most degree and certificate programs, and designed to provide students with on-the-job training, college credit, and in most cases, wages. Internships, equally as valuable, 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.
Other work-based learning activities include: micro internships (short term project-based
work), externships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, mentorship, informational interviews,
service learning, and volunteering.
Students are responsible for arranging their individual Co-op/Internships. Students should begin preparing their Co-op/Internships at least two quarters ahead of time. To begin, review the How to Find an Internship Handout. Email the Work-Based Learning Program Manager for support in developing a plan and identifying opportunities.
199 Instructors are responsible for advising Co-op/ Internships students in their respective departments.
Employers can recruit students by posting opportunities in Penguin Jobs. Employers are invited to meet with Career Services.
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.
Clark College Career Services