Difference between a Co-op and Internship

September 28, 2015

It’s not enough to go to college and get good grades. Many employers expect students to graduate with relevant work experience.

"For entry-level positions postgraduation, employers are really looking for a year’s worth of full-time experience going into that first position," says Heather Maietta, associate vice president of career and corporate engagement and director of the O’Brien Center for Student Success at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. That can equal out to about 1,000 hours throughout a student's undergraduate career, she says.  

Cooperative education programs, commonly referred to as co-ops, and internships both provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience in their career fields.

While some employers and institutions use the terms interchangeably, there can be significant differences between the two.

View the full article by the U.S. News for more information on the differences between co-ops internships.

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