Cooperative Education & Internship Program Definitions 

Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education positions are paid jobs, and students receive hands-on, multi-semester experiences related to their major, while earning academic credit.

Through the Career Development Center, students have an opportunity to earn Academic Credit for an internship or enroll in Zero Credit and have an internship recognized on their academic transcript.

Academic Credit Option
In addition to completing the internship, students must enroll and pay tuition, submit learning objectives, complete a mid-term visit, complete a student self-evaluation form and submit a final project assigned by a faculty member.

Zero Credit Option
This option allows students to document an internship on their official academic transcript through a transcript notation. No tuition is paid.

In addition to completing the internship, students must enroll in Zero Credit, submit internship agreement form, attend reflection meeting with coordinator, submit an hour’s verification form and complete a Zero Credit Assessment at the end of semester. All Zero Credit internship positions must be paying positions. (WSU International Students cannot participate in Zero Credit Internships due the regulations set by the WSU International Office.)

Students choose to take an internship for Zero Credit for several reasons:

  • They have already completed the internship requirement of their program.
  • They are already enrolled in the maximum number of credits for the semester.
  • They wish to avoid paying tuition for an internship credit.
  • They want their academic college to receive the data of their experience to further promote their programs.
  • Internships are related to the student's career focus. Placements include both paid and unpaid opportunities, and the length of an internship is pre-defined by the employer.

Parallel Placements
Student attends school and work at the same time.

Alternating Placements
Alternating placements allow students to travel to another city, state or county and work full-time as a cooperative education student, enrolling only in the cooperative education credit.

Our location in Wichita, as well as our 35-year-old program, has allowed us to form strong relationships with public, private and nonprofit organizations that offer a variety of cooperative education and internship opportunities. These positions are an invaluable way for WSU students to gain professional experience to complement the strong academic fundamentals they learn in the classroom.