Internships can be known by a variety of names, including cooperative education (co-op), field experience, service learning, or practicum. Regardless of the name, they allow you to receive academic credit for working with businesses, community groups, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
Employers look for candidates that already have relevant career experience. Participating in an internship is an opportunity to gain a competitive edge.
According to a 2019 student survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than half of all students who completed an internship received a job offer within six months of graduation. To facilitate these opportunities for a greater number of students, Niagara has programs to provide stipends to students whose internships are with non-profit or public service organizations and unpaid.
Students can seek academic credit for both paid and unpaid internships that align with their course of study. The Gacioch Center for Career and Professional Development can help students find internships and assist them with resumes, cover letters and practice interviews.