Experiential learning enriches the student’s education because work experiences reinforce what is learned in the classroom. In addition, exposure to real world experiences and career options promotes the student’s sense of independence, confidence, and marketability. It is consistent with the college’s Mission Statement, “To provide high quality and affordable educational opportunities and services ….that promote individual development and improve the overall quality of life…”
“Co-op is a great way for students to complement their classroom instruction with real-world experiences in an office. I have had wonderful feedback both from the student and the employer about the learning experience gained through the co-op. In addition to earning money on the job, students are better able to see the administrative and corporate environment and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a professional.” - Linda Muren, Assistant Professor, Accounting
Cooperative Education (co-op)
A co-op opportunity is a paid learning experience that gives students an edge by providing them with job assignments related to their field of study. In addition to being compensated, the student can earn one college credit for each 180 hours of work, up to three credits per semester.
- Currently enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College
- Completed 12 credit hours of college coursework (includes transfer credits) with at least two courses related to your major field
- GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Complete the Co-op Student Application of Interest and submit to the Career Center (a career center representative will contact you)
- Participate in the co-op orientation process through the Career Center
- Upload your resume for final revisions and approval by a Career Coach at College Central Network
- Complete and sign a "Cooperative Education Agreement" form
Faculty Co-op Coordinator and Instructor of Record
The Faculty Co-op Coordinator and Instructor of Record are roles that are integral to the success of the co-op program. We welcome your participation in the process. If you are interested please contact Herb Mausser, Assistant Dean of Honors and Experiential Learning at Herbert.Mausser@tri-c.edu or 216-987-4660. Position descriptions and responsibilities are below.
An Internship is an experience referring to a partnership between students, institutions of higher education and employers that integrates academic study with work experience. Internships are of a specific and definite duration that also provides a student the opportunity to explore areas of interest. Internships are currently non-credit courses.
To inquire regarding paid or unpaid internship opportunities, students should contact The Career Centers, their academic department, or visit the job board at College Central Network.