Co-op / Internship and Field Experience Programs
The Cooperative Education (Co-op)/Internship and Field Experience Programs at Owens Community College are a partnership between the college, employers and students that formally integrates academic work with experience in the business world.
Several of our degree programs require a co-op or internship as part of the graduation requirements; others offer it as an option. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of valuable co-op/internship opportunities during their time with us. Studies indicate that students who complete an internship while in school show increased academic performance (higher GPA, fewer failed courses, a 20% greater graduation rate) and have a significantly higher rate of employment success following graduation*
We hope you choose to pursue this avenue of experiential learning and take advantage of the many benefits it provides.
*Source: Michigan Council for Cooperative Education
A Co-op/Internship experience allows students to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classroom.
- Get work experience and enhance their resume.
- Explore a specific career or company and see if it is a good fit for them.
- Network with potential employers and career mentors.
- Get academic credit for their internship.
- Get paid as they work toward degree completion.
- Increase their marketability by providing relevant, on-the- job work experience.
The Co-op/Internship program will:
- Enable students to apply classroom theory to actual work situations.
- Develop students' ability to integrate the academic knowledge in their major field of study with the experience gained from co-op employment.
- Expose students to the work environment and business ethics.
- Give students the opportunity to assess career opportunities in the industry.
- Assist students in planning their remaining curriculum in order to achieve their career goals and objectives.