INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS ARE KEY TO STUDENT SUCCESS

The College of Business offers both internship and cooperative education (co-op) courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships and co-ops are some of the most meaningful college experiences that help prepare students for their future careers. An internship or co-op offers a great opportunity for students to connect classroom learning to “real-world” settings while earning college credit. Most internship and co-op opportunities are also paid.

2021-2022 INTERNSHIP AND CO-OP FOR CREDIT DATA

This table includes internship data collected from students enrolling in either a Cooperative Education Course (0 credit hours) in the College of Business or in an Internship course (3 credit hours) for their major.

*PLEASE NOTE that this table only includes wage information and counts of students who chose to enroll in an internship or co-op course in either Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022.

All students who are enrolled in a College of Business Internship or Co-op class are declared in at least one major in the College of Business.

MAJOR AVERAGE OF HOURLY WAGE INTERNSHIPS/CO-OPS REGISTERED FOR CREDIT IN 2021-2022
Accounting $21.54 28
Business Administration $16.00 3
Financial Management $17.29 7
Financial Planning $13.22 8
Human Resource Management $17.25 12
Information Systems Management $17.67 3
**Integrated Marketing Communications $14.00 4
**International Business $10.50 4
**Marketing $12.63 54
Risk Management and Insurance $17.00 2
**Sales Management $14.52 27
Supply Chain/Operations Management $15.79 12
GRAND TOTALS AVERAGE HOURLY WAGE BETWEEN ALL MAJORS:
$15.55
GRAND TOTAL OF INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS REGISTERED FOR CREDIT IN 2021-2022:
164

Majors Not Represented in Internships and Co-ops for Credit in 2021-2022:
Business Data Analytics
Economics

**Students in Department of Marketing are permitted to work unpaid internships on a case-by-case basis. Sales Management, Marketing, and Integrated Marketing Communications students are required to enroll in an internship for credit to satisfy their degree requirements. International Business students are not required to work internships for credit, but this major is housed under the Department of Marketing.

FIND AN INTERNSHIP OR CO-OP USING HANDSHAKE

Handshake is UA's online job and networking board where students can search for internships/co-ops, full-time/part-time jobs, and other experiential learning opportunities. Students can schedule appointments with Career Services Advisors and search and register for virtual and in-person networking events and career fairs.

Students can access Handshake on MyAkron, Career Services & Student Employment's website, and the UA Mobile app.

EMPLOYERS

Career Services & Student Employment in the College of Business assists employers in connecting with UA students for opportunities through posting and promoting positions on Handshake, UA's online job and event board.

EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT WITH INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS

See below for information for both undergraduate and graduate students on registering an internship for credit or a co-op for Credit/No credit.

UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP COURSE REGISTRATION

The undergraduate internship course is a 3-credit-hour course, and students will be assessed the University tuition rate for those three credits.

For undergraduate internships to be eligible for credit there are 2 sets of requirements, eligibility of the internship and academic eligibility. First, to be eligible for credit the internship must:

  1. Require at least 240 hours of work during the semester.
  2. Be paid at least minimum wage.

Second, students must be academically eligible for the internship credit. Those requirements vary by major and can be found here: https://www.uakron.edu/cba/internships/eligibility.dot.

Begin the process to enroll in the undergraduate 3-credit-hour internship course for your major by completing the Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Registration Form.

GRADUATE INTERNSHIP COURSE REGISTRATION

The graduate internship course is a 1-3-credit-hour course, and students will be assessed the University tuition rate for those credits. Graduate students are limited to internship opportunities which are reflected on transcripts as a Credit/No credit class. Students will be eligible for credit hours based on the number of hours worked within the semester they are enrolled, and that breakdown is the following:

  • 1 Credit Hour = 80 – 159 hours worked
  • 2 Credit Hours = 160 – 239 hours worked
  • Credit Hours = 240+ hours worked

Graduate students must be in good academic standing to enroll in an internship course.

Graduate students that register for the co-op course will be assessed a $55.00 course fee. For more information on graduate internship and co-op enrollment, contact the Internship Coordinator. Even if you do not want to earn course or co-op credit for the experience, you should still report all internships to the Internship Coordinator so that we can track engagement with the business community.

Begin the process to enroll in the graduate 3-credit hour internship course for your major by completing the Graduate Internship/Co-op Registration Form.

CO-OP COURSE REGISTRATION FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

A co-op course is a 0-credit hour course that maintains a students' full-time status if a student is not enrolled in other courses. Co-op courses can help students retain scholarship awards, prevent student loans from entering repayment, and more.

To be enrolled in a co-op course, students must have a qualifying opportunity and meet the following criteria:

  1. Accepted into their program of study within the College of Business.
  2. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 at the University and completed at least 9 credit hours at UA.

If you have questions about whether you should enroll in either the co-op course, internship course, or both courses, please contact your academic advisor or the Internship Coordinator.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

In addition to completing their respective Internship/Co-op Form for their program, international students in F-1 and J-1 status must receive work authorization before starting employment. F-1 student must obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization and J-1 students must obtain Academic Training authorization. Questions about international student employment eligibility should be directed to the International Center at immigration@uakron.edu.

F-1 students should submit their completed CPT application to the International Center at least two weeks before the start of their internship/co-op.