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.
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