Cooperative Education and Internship Program
College Fact Sheets (includes Program Definitions, Options, Prerequisites/Requirements, and Academic Credit)
How do I Register? | Student Work Schedules | Benefits for Students | Why Do Employers Hire Co-op or Intern Students?
Internship Search Tips | Areas of Responsibilities for Students, Bradley, and Employer/Supervisor
Career-Related Work Experience
Numerous services are provided to assist students in gaining career-related work experience prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the Smith Career Center to obtain assistance with all of their employment needs, beginning as freshmen and continuing throughout their college years. The majority of Bradley graduates have gained career-related work experience before graduation through cooperative education, internships, campus employment, and part-time jobs.
Cooperative Education and Internship Program
Bradley's centralized, nationally recognized university-wide Cooperative Education and Internship Program provides a dynamic plan for professional development that effectively integrates classroom theory with career-related work experience. The program is available to students in all five colleges of the University.
College Fact Sheets (Adobe Reader required)
Additional information, by college, regarding program definitions, options, prerequisites/requirements, academic credit, etc.
- Foster College of Business
- Henry P. Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts
- College of Education and Health Sciences
- Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
How do I Register?
If you have secured an internship, you should consider registering the experience for zero credit or possible credit, depending on college requirements (see College Fact Sheets). Registering for zero credit will provide a transcript notation and allow for a structured monitoring process of your internship. Follow the below steps to register your internship:
Registering a First-Time Assignment
Student should review the above College Fact Sheet to see if they are eligible to register the assignment. Student must also meet with their career advisor to review the internship duties and discuss registration requirements. To schedule an appointment with your career advisor, call (309) 677-2510.
Registering a Repeat Assignment
Student conducting a repeat internship assignment with the same employer should complete the following forms and submit them to the Smith Career Center (Burgess 109). If you have questions, please call (309) 677-2510.
- Internship Student Agreement Form – Part 1
- Internship Student Agreement Form – Part 2
- Student Pre-Evaluation
- Goals Statement
- August - December/January (fall semester)
- January Interim (3 week work assignment)
- January - May (spring semester)
- May - August (summer)
- Gain career-related work experience
- Clarify career options
- Earn money to off-set college expenses
- Obtain exposure to the "real world" of work, its expectations and variety of opportunities
- Realize increased job opportunities upon graduation
- Acquire networking opportunities with professionals in chosen fields
- Obtain qualified workers to assist during peak periods or with special projects
- Fill part-time positions with progressive and eager workers
- Acquire near professional assistance at less than professional wages
- Gain visibility on campus as student workers become "ambassadors" for Co-op/Intern employers' organization
- "Test-drive" potential new hires prior to full-time job offers
- Use as a recruitment tool
Hints for Conducting a Successful Search
- Start job search early - finding a job IS a job
- Attend college focused co-op/internship information sessions and other job search workshops - Calendar of Workshops and Events
- Prepare resume and have it critiqued utilizing SCC overnight review service - OptimalResume can help!
- Meet with a SCC Career Advisor to seek advise and assistance
- Make use of SCC online resources (e.g. SCC Website,OptimalResume, etc.)
- Utilize multiple strategies for locating job leads (e.g. Job and Internship Search Sites, job fairs, campus recruiters, company websites)
- Research employers of interest; apply for jobs
- Attend BU career and job fairs
- Follow-up with employers
- NETWORK for job leads and information
Ethics in Your Search
- Maintain accuracy and honesty on resume, other application materials and in interview
- Show up for scheduled interviews
- Accept/reject offer in timely manner
- Never renege on acceptances
- Never "burn bridges"
- Review Student Principles for Professional Conduct
- Registers for appropriate Cooperative Education/Internship course at beginning of each work assignment
- Completes Pre-evaluation for each assignment
- Meets with supervisor and completes Goals Statement at beginning of each assignment
- Completes Final Evaluation and writes Reflection Paper at end of each assignment
- Registers student for Cooperative Education/Internship Course
- Monitors student progress
- Provides student and employer with program deadline dates and final evaluation materials
- Assigns grade
- Assigns supervisor
- Supervises and evaluates student
- Identifies meaningful and challenging work; establishes expectations
- Meets with student to complete Goals Statement at beginning of each work assignment
- Completes Student Performance Evaluation at end of each work assignment