Cooperative Education Program (Internships) Employer Information
About the Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program
LSSC's Cooperative Education Program allows students to gain work experience directly to their academic major by completing a co-op or internship experience for course credit. Please visit LSSC's Cooperative Education Program website, to learn more about this program. Career Development Services works along with the Cooperative Education Program office by posting current co-op/internship openings on our website. Below is employer information related to posting co-ops or internship announcements through the Career Development Services.
LSSC Majors Eligible for Co-op/Internship Credit
Employers are encouraged to post co-op or internship opportunities through College Central Network, our online recruitment portal. Please note, however, that not all co-ops/internships are eligible for course credit as only some academic programs include experiential learning as part of the curriculum (programs listed below).
*For-Profit employers may choose to list co-ops or internships in academic areas not listed above, however, they must be a paid experience.
**Employers insterested in posting unpaid co-ops or internships need to review the "important information" outlined on this topic in the Compensation section of this page (below).
We strongly encourage employers to compensate co-op or intern students. Providing compensation not only yields a greater candidate pool but it also adds to the level of commitment to the internship from both the student and the employer perspective. Many employers are paying interns due to an increased demand for interns in the workplace.
**Important Information: Unpaid internships/co-ops that are part of an academic program (student earns course credit) and/or where the intern doesn’t replace existing workers are within the law. Internships/co-ops at for-profit companies that do not qualify for course credit are expected to provide monetary compensation in order to meet federal guidelines. Please review the Department of Labor's fact sheet on "Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act" to ensure that your Co-op/Internship position meets federal guidelines.
Co-op Program Student Eligibility
Any student seeking to earn co-op course credit must meet the Co-op Program eligibility requirements and also arrange for a Faculty Advisor to supervise the experience. For full program details and requirements, please review the Cooperative Education Handbook and the Co-op Program website.
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Cooperative Education Program Contacts
Questions related to posting a Co-op/Internship position through the Career Development Services website should be directed to email@example.com
Questions about the Cooperative Education Program eligibility requirements, should be directed to the Patti Weasel, Manager of Workforce Education Programs, Business & Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org