1. What is co-op/paid internship and how does it work?
Co-ops and internships are actually courses in which students are placed with participating employers in career-related, professional positions. The student earns credit, is paid by the employer, and learns about a career.
2. What is the difference between co-op and internship?
Co-op is often referred to as paid internship. Some CASL faculty offer unpaid internships that are specific to your major. Co-op can be related to your major, but it's also possible to explore a career if you’re not sure. Co-op involves true employment, which means the company makes an investment in you and you get to make a real contribution with your work.
3. Will I lose my financial aid or scholarship if I co-op?
Co-op wages are NOT included when you complete the FAFSA (financial aid application). Also, co-op students are considered full-time students, which can help a lot with loan deferment and scholarships.
4. Do I pay tuition for co-op/internship?
Yes, co-op and internship are both academic courses so you pay tuition for it just like other courses. But remember that your wages will cover your tuition costs in the first few weeks on the job and the learning is priceless.
5. How much money can I expect to make?
Currently the average wage of co-op/internship student is over $10/hour.
6. How long can I co-op? How many credits will I earn?
This depends on your major. In CASL, you can co-op several terms, for up to ten upper-elective credits. Most students are so happy with their co-op placements that they stay until they graduate.
7. How far in advance do I have to look for a co-op?
It's a good idea to apply at least a semester before you want to start a co-op job.