Skip Navigation
Admissions & Enrollment
Home > Students > Counseling Career Service/Job Assistance > Co-ops & Internships > Difference Between Internships and Co-ops

Difference Between Internships and Co-ops


What’s the difference between an Internship and a Co-op at Howard Community College?

Internships are temporary work experiences that relate to a student’s college major or career goals.  Internships can be done at any time.

  • Internships provide opportunities to gain valuable applied experiences and provide opportunities for making professional connections.
  • Students will engage in tasks that contribute to the professional work of an organization.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid.

 

Co-ops (Cooperative Education) are more structured work experiences that are connected to a 6-week course at HCC, where academic credit is earned upon successful completion.  Co-ops can be performed during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

  • Co-op experiences last between 6-15 weeks, depending on how many credits a student will earn.
  • The co-op seminar course explores topics such as professionalism, networking, and goal setting.  As part of the course, students are expected to complete reflection assignments based on their co-op experiences.
  • Co-ops can be paid or unpaid. 

     Return to Co-op/Internship Home Page

Counseling and Career Services RCF 302
Phone: 443-518-1340  Fax:  443-518-4499
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/counselinghcc   Email: CCS@howardcc.edu

Hours
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please note that  on January 5 and 12 office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

HCC is closed January 19, 2015

 

Thursday and Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.