Experiential Education: Co-ops, Internships, Mentoring
Real-world experience is at the heart of a Clarkson education. In fact, all programs in the School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the School of Arts & Sciences require students to complete a professional experience before they graduate. The Career Center has the resources to help you find an internship (semester or summer) or full-semester co-op that fits your interests and career goals.
What is a Co-op?
A co-op is the best way to test drive a future career and to make valuable contacts in the industry. A co-op, short for “cooperative education,” is a paid position with a company for a full academic semester and often the summer. For many Clarkson students, co-ops offer several advantages over internships. Since co-ops are longer than most internships, you can take on greater responsibilities and get a better real-world feel for the job. Another advantage is that many companies use co-ops as a six-month “interview” for a full-time position after graduation. We encourage you to learn more about co-op requirements.
An internship is another great way to get an inside look at a future career. Responsibilities vary greatly with each company, but you’ll leave with real-world experience and a solid reference on your resume. A few internships count for academic credit and can be worked during the academic semester or summer months. Contact the Career Center for more information and learn about internship requirements.
Where We Work
In recent years, Clarkson students have worked co-ops and internships within a variety of industries at all types of companies, large and small, including:
- Constellation Energy
- Johnson & Johnson
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Pratt & Whitney
- Procter & Gamble
When he learned that he had a 2008 summer internship at Honeywell’s Imaging and Mobility Division in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., Patrick Chevier '10 knew he would be at least somewhat involved in global supply chain operations. But he had no idea how valuable, interesting and satisfying that three-month experience would turn out.
Read more about Patrick's story.
Project ION: Resource for finding internships in Central NY
Where have other students been?
Fall 2012 Co-op Locations
Summer 2012 Internship Locations
Spring 2012 Co-op Locations
Fall 2011 Co-op Locations
Summer 2011 Internship Locations
Spring 2011 Co-op Locations