Internships - Get On the Job Experience

Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.

Apply for an On-Campus or Off-Campus Internship or Cooperative Education Experience

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE)

The benefits of an internship include:

  • Learning new skills;
  • Applying your skills in the community;
  • Discovering new areas of interest;
  • Boosting your resume for graduate school or a career;
  • Networking;
  • Earning credit.

How do I get credit for an on-campus internship?

Step 1: Meet with your faculty with whom you plan to work throughout the term of the on-campus internship. faculty, or even your own contacts to find an internship;
Step 2: Complete the Internship Learning Objectives form with your faculty sponsor and your internship provider;
Step 3: Add the internship as a tutorial on your contract, check the internship box and submit the paperwork to the Registrar’s Office for approval.

How do I get credit for an off-campus internship?

Step 1: Meet with your faculty and your own employer contacts with whom you plan to work throughout the term of the off-campus internship.Students can check the NCF Job Board for internship ideas or schedule an appointment with one of the CEO staff to discuss external employers within the region.
Step 2: Complete the Internship Learning Objectives form with your faculty sponsor and your internship provider;
Step 3: Add the internship as a tutorial on your contract, check the internship box and submit the paperwork to the Registrar’s Office for approval.

What is the Cooperative Education Experience (Co-op)?

The Cooperative Education Program is a unique educational program in which students integrate classroom study with periods of paid, as the supervised work experience related to their academic Areas of Concentration and supervised by their academic advisor or faculty member for university. At NCF, Cooperative Education is a structured experiential learning situation in which students apply concepts studied in the classroom to “real world” work work environments. Students are also regularly supervised by a professional in the field and have regular meetings with the faculty.

Co-op is offered on a semester basis, fall or spring and in the full-time or part-time capacity as approved by the supervising faculty. A co-op assignment may be a one time assignment or occur multiple times with one employer or different employers. Each co-op supervised experience is a separate assignment.

Financial Aid is available to those students who participate in the Cooperative Education Program offered at NCF. Availability of financial aid is determined on an individual basis according to the student’s cooperative program.

Why Should You Co-op?

WHY SHOULD YOU CO-OP ?

To explore career interests and work environments

To enhance classroom learning through practical experience

To receive training and utilize technologies in the workplace

To clarify career objectives and execute a realistic job search strategy

To network and secure job opportunities upon graduation

To gain marketable experience

HOW DOES CO-OP WORK ?

Co-op at NCF is a voluntary program that requires the commitment of the student and employer. It is a partnership among the student, employer and the faculty member. Students may opt to participate in the alternating or parallel programs.

Full-time (Alternating Co-op)
Students who alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time, paid co-op assignments. Students work full time for a semester and return to school the following semester to continue their course studies. Students may remain with the same employer during their next co-op or accept employment with a new company.

Part-time (Parallel Co-op)
Students work on a part time basis while they are enrolled in full-time classes.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Students must first meet with a faculty advisor to discuss the co-op guidelines during which time you will learn about requirements to be able to participate in co-op, how to submit an application to the faculty member, and schedule an appointment to have yuor resume reviewed during a 1:1 session with a member of the Center for Engagement and Opportunity team. Coming Soon: Students will upload their resume online into the CareersNCF system. Contact the CEO with any questions.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CO-OP ?

  • Full-time degree seeking NCF enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • International students (F1 status) must have been enrolled in an American University for at least twelve months and completed one semester at NCF in current program
  • International students must obtain from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and meet all USCIS and/or ISSS requirements
  • Students must apply a semester prior to their participation (i.e. apply during the spring semester for a co-op in the summer)

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?

After the faculty has determined eligibility, the students’ resumes are completed and returned to the faculty (Coming Soon: students’ upload their resumes into CareersNCF). Employers then contact students they are interested in to set up interviews. Students who accept co-op employment offers must complete the required enrollment in their departmental co-op course if they are international students or are seeking elective credit. In order to receive elective credit, the academic department must give written approval; otherwise, co-op credit is an additive credit. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning a co-op assignment with the Human Resources Department. Acceptance and placement into co-op is not guaranteed. A student can find their own co-op employer, but it must be approved by the Director of the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity, or designee, before accepting the offer.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?

Students are required to complete a mid-term progress report, evaluate their work experience and attend a debriefing session with the faculty and member of the CEO team. The co-op assignment is recorded on your transcript and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory or pass/fail.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are career-related experiences that enhance students’ marketability upon graduation. They may be paid or unpaid, structured or unstructured, and may be eligible for credit. Interested students should view the employer list on the CEO website, check the job listings ion the Jobs board, or speak with faculty sponsor/supervisor in their academic division.

 

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