Internship/Co-op Information

"Approximately 60 percent of 2012 college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer, according to the results of NACE’s 2012 Student Survey"

Definitions of Internship, Co-op and Experiential LearningPDF document
CCCC Experiential Learning course offeringsPDF document
Massachusetts Community Colleges Experiential Education HandbookPDF document

Getting Started

Employers:

1. Read the definitions of internships and review the Employer Guidelines

2. Complete the Host Site Application

3. Post internship job opportunities on 4CJobLink or CONNECTLink at www.capecod.edu/career for students to view. You may wish to read the SHRM Guide to Organizing an Internship.

4. Interview students to select the right candidate

5. Complete all forms required by the College and course faculty member throughout the internship experience.

Students:

1. Contact Career Services and Experiential Learning for general internship information, to identify host site options and prepare application materials, including a resume and cover letter

2. Contact the course faculty contact/coordinatorPDF document to discuss course pre-requisites, eligibility, and course requirements - please note: internships/co-ops are credit courses and, as such, always have tuition and fees attached

3. Secure a site placement (use 4CJobLink or make an appointment with Career Services and Experiential Learning for assistance) and set up a schedule with your site supervisor

4. Complete all forms for course registration (internships/co-ops are credit courses and, as such, always have tuition and fees attached) and the internship program

Required Forms (the course instructor may require additional forms):

5. Review JobStart101 for advice on how to succeed in professional settings and relevant laws, such as sexual harassment.

6. Complete the requirements for the internship and meet regularly with your internship supervisor and faculty member.

Internship Site Locating Resources:

News Articles on Unpaid Internships:

Internship Benefits to Students:

  • Valuable real‐world experience in their desired career field
  • Gain handson skills development under the guidance of employer and faculty mentors
  • Explore and reflect on academic theory in practice, in a dynamic organizational environment
  • Test‐drive a career before continuing down a particular path of further education
  • Build a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Gain valuable industry skills and experience that enhance a résumé and future employment options
  • Become part of a company or organization where many job openings are filled with internal candidates
  • Earn academic credit toward your academic program

Internship Benefits to Host Sites/Employer:

  • Identify and evaluate potential employees without a long-term commitment
  • Meet seasonal employment needs or complete real world projects
  • Gain access to students early on in their educational careers, capturing their attention before other Competitors have this opportunity
  • Strategic, high-value investment that can be significantly less than the high cost of unsuccessful new hires
  • Contribute directly to the educational development of a student and future local workforces
  • Invest directly in the local, future talent pool
  • Add value by expanding workforce diversity, creating an influx of fresh ideas on existing systems
  • Broaden leadership and supervisory professional development opportunities for staff
  • Foster useful long-term relationships with the student and the academic institution
  • Increase brand recognition on campus
  • Offer real input into academic studies and educational programs in this region