Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Program
South Puget Sound Community College provides employers with highly motivated students who are pursuing degrees or certificates.
Internship Benefits for the Employers
- Short term workers with up to date knowledge of current trends and technology
- Assistance with daily workload and support for special projects
- Participation in the educational process and personal satisfaction in helping educate tomorrow's workforce.
We screen students based on qualifications and usually collect application materials and forward them to the employer (via email). The employer is responsible for choosing prospective candidates, setting up the interviews, and selecting the intern.
Once selected, students go through the Co-op office to enroll and obtain the quarterly paperwork. The student will collaborate with the work site supervisor and a faculty member in their program of study to develop a set of measurable goals to be achieved for the quarter. The student will be responsible for all paperwork and will turn the objectives into the Co-op office the second week of the quarter. Toward the end of the quarter the faculty coordinator will conduct a site visit coordinated by the student. The employer will be sent an employer evaluation form which will count toward 40% of the student’s grade.
Typical Internship Timeframes:
Internships normally run concurrent with the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Please plan ahead so we are able to meet your needs.
Summer Early July to Late August
Fall Mid-Late September to Early-Mid December
Winter Early January to Late March
Spring Early April to Mid-Late June
PLEASE NOTE: Although internship needs cannot always be anticipated in advance, if possible, please try to allow for sufficient time to screen and select appropriate candidates before the quarter begins. A great number of our students are subject to enrollment deadlines because of various funding sources (financial aid, etc.). This means most students must be enrolled for the internship credits by the Friday before the quarter begins. Students being offered internship opportunities after the deadline will most likely not be able to enroll and pay for the credits.
Posting an Internship
Please contact the Co-op office to get an account set up in our “Clippers for Hire” database. This allows the employer or designee to enter the information regarding the internship. We ask for a description, qualifications, wage (paid/unpaid), hours, and how to apply. Most employers ask us to collect resumes and forward them electronically. We do screen the students for the employer. They are only able to view the internship description and qualifications on-line. Students must go through our office for a referral. Posting Policy.
On-Campus Interview Rooms Available
The Center for Career Services has two interview rooms available to employers who would prefer interviewing students on-campus. Please contact the Co-op office for more information.
Programs offered at SPSCC - http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/programs/degrees.