Co-op/Internship Student Resources
Cooperative Education is an academic program that allows you to earn college credit for a work experience related to your major. Co-op exposes you to work methods and state-of-the-art technology in industry. It also improves your ability to make the transition from school to work, following completion or near-completion of a degree or certificate program. Co-ops/Internships may be paid or non-paid positions with for-profit or non-profit organizations. For information, see the Internship Co-op brochure.
How to Apply for a Co-op or Internship
Find your Co-op/Internship
You may do research on your own to locate a company you are interested in and want to do a co-op/Internship with by utilizing the Clark College Career Center, or by speaking with an instructor in the department of your major field of study. Another technique is to do an informational interview with an employer. You can get other ideas from the Co-op/Internship Program Coordinator.
Another resource you can utilize in your search for a Co-op/Internshipjob is Clark College's Job Database NextJob. To see the actual positions you will need to notify the Co-op Coordinator; she will determine your eligibility and give you permission to view the positions.
International Co-op/Intership Positions
Students interested in pursuing options outside the US should check out IE3 Global Internships website.
Getting your Co-op/Internship Approved
Once you have secured a Co-op/Internship, you need to see an instructor about signing up for the credits for the quarter (1-5 variable credits). If you don't know who the instructor is for your major, contact the Co-op office at 992-2391.
Registering for a Co-op/Internship Seminar Class
You may be advised that you need to sign up for a co-op seminar class depending on your major and the ratio of credits to hours that you plan to work.
Students starting the Co-op process will need the following forms. Typically, students start with the Student Training Agreement.
Students who need more information or guidance, please call (360) 992-2902 to make an appointment to see the Co-op/Internship Coordinator