There are MANY ways to get career-related experience during college.
- Participate in undergraduate research.
- Gain experience through part-time work or a summer job.
- Complete an internship (usually a one term experience in summer, but not always). Some academic programs require an internship as a part of course requirements.
- Participate in cooperative education (co-op). Co-ops are full-time work periods (typically 6-12 months). You can gain valuable full-time work experience directly in your field of study.
- Build skills and civic responsibility by engaging in volunteerism through WVU Tech's Service and Learning program.
- Acquire leadership skills by joining a student club or organization.
- Gain experience by working on campus.
The Cooperative education (co-op) and internship program provides an opportunity for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to career-related experiences and employment.
Benefits of cooperative education and internships include:
- Earn money to finance college education
- Explore career opportunities
- Enrich classroom learning through real-world experience
- Accumulate actual career-related work experience
- Enhance marketability after graduation
- Establish professional contacts
- Improve communication and interpersonal skills
- Co-op students are often offered high-paying, full-time employment from their co-op sites upon graduation
Career Services assists students by providing services such as:
- resume development and review
- interviewing prep
- job search strategies
- access to employers through career fairs and on campus recruitment