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CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Cooperative Education and Internships  

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.


Getting Started

Follow these easy steps to get started today! Have questions? Let us help. Call (316) 978-3688.

STEP 1 
Learn our program definitions.

STEP 2
Meet the program requirements set by each college. 

**STEP 3 - For F1 Visa Students Only**
Obtain the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization form from the Office of International Education. Authorization for CPT through Co-op is valid for one semester only, so the authorization must be renewed each semester. Bring completed CPT form to the Career Development Center.

STEP 4
Activate your personal profile on Handshake (wichitastate.joinhandshake.com). You must use your WSU ID and password. Then register for the College Through Career: Co-op & Internship and Resume Workshop.

STEP 5
Upon completion of the College Through Career: Co-op & Internship Workshop., call (316) 978-3688  for a follow-up appointment with your Career Development Specialist.

STEP 6
On Handshake, you can view employers and apply to internships. Take advantage of our other College Through Career Workshops: Preparing for a Career Fair, Ace the Interview and Using Social Media Like a Pro


Program Requirements

Barton School of Business
2.25 GPA
24 credit hours (9 credit hours must be in your major)

College of Health Professions
2.5 GPA
24 credit hours

College of Fine Arts
2.5 GPA
24 credit hours (9 credit hours must be in your major)

College of Engineering
2.5 GPA
24 credit hours (9 credit hours must be in your major)

College of Education
2.5 GPA
12 credit hours

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
2.0 GPA
24 credit hours (9 credit hours must be in your major)

  • Graduate students must be admitted to WSU Graduate School and be enrolled in graduate classes.

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.

Internships
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. (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.
  • 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.


Enrollment

Enroll in Co-op/Internships
If you are currently working in a position related to your major and meet the academic requirements established by your college, you may be eligible to receive Academic Credit or Zero Credit.

Your Current Position Must Have:

  • An assigned supervisor who provides orientation, training and professional guidance. (The supervisor must have more knowledge in the field than you.)
  • A designated work area.
  • The opportunity to observe and work with professionals and attend meetings with staff, clients, etc.

Your Supervisor Must:

  • Allow you to develop a variety of competencies in your professional field, as well as contribute to the productivity of the organization.
  • Provide you with clear job descriptions that specifically outline your duties and necessary qualifications, including development of new skills and increasing responsibility.

If you met the above requirements:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to determine the number of internship credit hours you can put toward your degree requirements.
    • Business Majors meet with business advising to determine number of eligible credits. You must get approval from your faculty advisor.
    • Engineering Majors skip step 1.
    • Education and Health Majors must have your job approved by your academic advisor.
    • LAS Majors need to determine whether to enroll in major or general credit. You must enroll in major credit first, then LASI general credit.
    • LAS Majors wanting to receive general credit must bring a completed LASI 481 permission form signed by your LAS advisor. These forms are available at Career Development Center in Brennan III and the LAS Advising Office.
       
  2. Schedule an appointment with the appropriate Career Development Specialist and bring:
    • A copy of your job description signed by your supervisor.
    • Supervisor’s name, title, phone, email and mailing address.
       
  3. Enroll and pay tuition for Academic Credit, or enroll in a Zero Credit internship.
     
  4. Start earning credit or a transcript notation!

 


Co-op for Education Students

What is it?
Cooperative education is an academic program that links classroom learning with the professional teaching world. Co-op placements are multi-semester experiences where students work in the Wichita or surrounding school districts as teaching assistants/para-educators. Future teachers and speech language pathologists from Wichita State are supervised by professional educators in the schools, attend three seminar class sessions throughout the semester, receive academic credit and are advised by WSU faculty. Most students work 15 hours per week; however, student hours can range from 10 to 20 hours per week depending on availability and need.

Benefits for Students:

  • Explore your career
  • Put theory into practice
  • Grow personally and professionally
  • Receive hands-on experience
  • Network with professionals
  • Build a quality resume
  • Get paid
  • Earn academic credit

Steps to Participate in Co-op:

  1. Meet the academic requirements of a 2.5 GPA and 12 completed credit hours (any subject).
  2. Activate your personal profile on Handshake. Then, register for the College Through Career: Co-op & Internships Workshop in the Events section.
  3. Upon completion of the Co-op & Internships Workshop, call (316) 978-3688 for a follow-up appointment with your Career Development Specialist.
  4. On Handshake, you can view employers and apply to co-op positions.

Tips for Success in Co-op:

  • Be on time (at least 10 minutes early). If you are going to be late or absent, call the office and inform your supervisor.
  • Wear appropriate attire. No cleavage, low-cut pants, holes in jeans or flip-flops. Be proud of what you do! Your image says a lot about you.
  • Be accountable. Turn your work in on time.
  • Review expectations. Discuss these with your supervisor and teachers.
  • Keep all school relationships professional.
  • Be aware of the school's calendar.
  • Ask to observe recommended teachers.
  • Support the teachers and ask questions.
  • Know all of the emergency plans. Your supervisor should be able to show you a copy of emergency action plans.
  • Introduce yourself. Get to know administrators and invite them to stop by and observe you.

Questions? Contact the Career Development Center at (316) 978-3688, careerdevelopment@wichita.edu, or stop by and see us in our main office in Brennan III or our satellite offices in CH 021B, RSC 205 and WH 300.


Fulfill your Cooperative Education / Internship Engineer 2020 requirement with the Career Development Center!

Step 1:  Meet the following requirements

  • Complete 24 college credit hours. (Nine credit hours must be in your major.) Credit hours may be transferred to WSU or earned in high school.
  • Earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA.


Step 2:  Secure a co-op/internship position

  • (If you already have a position related to your major skip to Step 3).
  • (For F1 Visa Students Only -- Obtain the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization form from the Office of International Education. Authorization for CPT is valid for one semester only, authorization must be renewed each semester. Bring completed CPT form to the Career Development Center for signatures and then take signed form back to the Office of International Education.)
  • Activate your personal profile on Handshake (wichitastate.joinhandshake.com). You must use your shockers.wichita.edu email and WSU ID.
  • Register and attend the College Through Career: Co-op & Internship Workshop.
  • Call (316) 978-3688 for a follow-up appointment with your Engineering Career Development Specialist, Mark Bengtson.
  • Apply for co-op and internship positions on Handshake.


Step 3:  Enroll in academic credit or zero credit

  • Call and schedule an appointment with the Engineering Career Development Specialist, Mark Bengtson
  • Bring the following to your appointment:
    • A copy of your position description signed by your supervisor.
    • Your supervisor’s name, title, phone, and email.
    • The mailing address of the organization.
    • Enroll in academic credit or zero credit, and complete all requirements.


Step 4:  Fulfill Engineer 2020 work hours requirement
Students must meet one of the following work hour requirements for co-op/internship Engineer 2020 requirement:

  • 40 hours per week for one semester (fall or spring).
  • 20 hours per week for two semesters (fall and spring).
  • 40 hours per week for two summer semesters.


Step 5:  Complete co-op/internship portion of your Engineer 2020 form.

  • Bring your form to the Career Development Center. Only the Career Development Center staff can sign off on your co-op/internship 2020 requirement. In order for the Career Development Center to sign off on the form you must have previously enrolled in academic credit or zero credit through our office.