Experiential learning is learning through the reflection of doing. The real-world experience provides insight into career paths and job opportunities. Gain an edge by taking advantage of hands-on learning experience through job assignments related to your field. Not only is a job assignment vital to a student’s marketability, but it allows you to use what is learned in the classroom.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
- Participate in the co-op orientation process through the Career Center
- Upload your resume for final revisions and approval by a Career Coach at Handshake
- Work with an Employer Relations Specialist to apply and interview with approved co-op placements
- Complete and sign a "Cooperative Education Agreement" form and register for college credit
- 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, including Tri-C's Internship Program and Summer Internship Program, please contact the Career Center, your academic department, or visit the job board at Handshake.
Online resources for internship search:
- NACE Jobwire
- Ohio Means Jobs
- Walt Disney World College Program
- A Guide to Internships
Job Shadowing is an educational activity in which students spend time learning about a specific job or industry. They interact with professionals on the job while observing actual operations and procedures and gain an understanding of the company’s culture. The primary focus is to explore potential career interests.
- Conduct an informational meeting to discuss career paths, educational credentials, and experience, industry needs and trends, the culture of the organization, training and professional organizations
- Observe general office tasks
- Attend staff or committee meetings or presentations
- Take a tour of the workplace
- Observe client interactions experience employee demonstrations of industry-specific software or tools
- Review the department’s website, mission, marketing collateral, organizational charts