Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Program
Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op) is the Internship Program at South Puget Sound Community College. Students receive academic credit for paid or unpaid work experience related to their educational goals. This program gives students the opportunity to apply their skills while still in college, gain on-the-job experience, and "try out" a career before graduation.
The goal of the Cooperative Work Experience program is to prepare students for the real world of work. College graduates are realizing that it takes more than a degree to get a good paying job. It takes work experience too.
Co-op offers resume and interview preparation assistance as well as information regarding possible internship opportunities. Internship postings are accessible through:
and in a notebook available in the WSECU Center for Career Services at SPSCC. Students may also earn credit for their current positions, Student Employment jobs and/or Work Study positions if they meet eligibility requirements. We can also assist in pursuing opportunities based on interest.
Co-op is a coordinated effort between the student, work-site supervisor, and faculty coordinator. Students confer with their supervisor and faculty coordinator to develop a set of measurable learning objectives for the quarter. At the end of the quarter students are evaluated by the supervisor and faculty coordinator. A letter grade is awarded based on completion of the learning objectives and the employer evaluation.
In addition to the work experience, first quarter Co-op students will participate in a one-credit online seminar course. This course is designed for students to reflect and understand their internship experience through assignments and online discussion.
Please Note: Our program is often confused with the "Work Study Program." We are not affiliated with the work study program. “Work Study” is awarded through financial aid. Students must apply (and be determined eligible) for financial aid to receive work study as part of the award. Not all students who receive financial aid are recipients of the work study award. Please see, The WSECU Center for Career Services for details. Students can receive Co-op credit for a work study job if it is related to their major.