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Internships & Co-ops: What’s the Difference?

Internships are a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work or community service experience and that:

  • Are of a specified and definite duration;
  • Evaluates each participating student's performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's internship employer;
  • May provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

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Cooperative education (Co-op) is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and:

  • Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education;
  • Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;
  • Evaluates each participating student's performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's cooperative employer;
  • Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;
  • Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program is acceptable to the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and involves cooperative education.