The College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of internships, co-op programs, practicums and volunteer opportunities, which allow students to attain work experience in nonprofit and business organizations and in national, state and local governments. These programs help integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students who participate in an internship or co-op often find their work experience is helpful in securing a job after graduation.
Internships are unpaid work opportunities for students who wish to explore careers and occupations relevant to their field, which can be taken on either a volunteer or a variable credit basis. Students should contact their advisors or departmental internship coordinators for more information about internship opportunities and academic requirements, and how to register for them. Most departments have specific internship courses (variable credits), often requiring an independent study contract. For summer internships or internships out of the area, try the links on the sidebar to locate potential placements.
- On-Campus Examples: Public Relations, Castellani Museum, Information Technology
- Off-Campus Examples: The Buffalo News, U.S. Marshall's Service, Washington D.C. internship program, CBS Internship Program, Target Corporation, political campaigns/offices, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Co-ops are very similar to internships, but offer a slightly more in-depth experience. Co-ops require learning objectives which can help tie your experience to your field of study and 150 hours. Some are paid, although that is not a requirement. Students interested in co-ops, should contact the Cooperative Education department, located in the lower level of Seton Hall or talk to their academic advisers. The Cooperative Education Department can assist you in locating a co-op and has the appropriate paperwork required for registration.
- On-Campus Examples: Niagara Athletics
- Off-Campus Examples: Buffalo Sabres, Boys & Girls Club, Customs & Border Protection, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shea's Performing Arts Center, The Buffalo News
Volunteering is an easy way to increase your work or major related experience, especially if your schedule is too complicated for an internship or co-op. For more about research opportunities, click here. Opportunities relevant to your major may be available through your faculty, community, or the Learn and Serve Office on campus. No special paperwork is necessary for volunteering, but students volunteering in the community should consider registering their hours with the Learn & Serve Office in Bailo Hall.
- On-Campus Examples: Working in professors' labs or on research projects, BASIC trips
- Off-Campus Examples: Volunteering for political campaigns, Learn and Serve opportunities