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Difference Between Internships and Co-ops


Internships are one-time, temporary work experiences for students with basic academic preparation. 

  • The work experience relates to the students major or career goals.
  • The position can be paid or nonpaid
  • Students do not earn academic credit

Cooperative Education (Co-ops)

Co-ops are more structured work experiences than internships and have an academic component.  At HCC, co-ops coincide with the students’ other classes or are taken during the summer break.

  • The work experience relates to the student's major
  • Students will be required to work for an employer for 6 – 15 weeks, depending on how many credits they wish to earn        
  • Positions can be paid or nonpaid
  • Students will participate in a six week co-op seminar
  • Student will reflect on their work experience in writing
  • Academic credit is earned upon successful completion


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