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FAQ - Coordinated Internships & Cooperative Education

  1. When should I complete a work-based learning experience, also known as Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship, in my degree program of study?
  2. Are Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships courses at NOVA?
  3. Do I have to take these courses for credit at NOVA?
  4. When should I start the registration process for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
  5. How do I register for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
  6. How do I find work-based experiential learning Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships?
  7. How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses count toward the completion of degrees or programs of study at NOVA?
  8. How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses will transfer?
  9. Can I request instructors for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
  10. How many credits can I take each semester for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses and what determines the number of credits per course?

 

 

When should I complete a work-based learning experience, also known as Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship, in my degree program of study?

Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships are usually completed as a capstone experience during a students’ last semester of study. However, Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships may be completed at any point as long you meet the eligibility requirements.

Are Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships courses at NOVA?

Yes, Cooperative Education-197/297 and Coordinated Internships-190/290 are general usage courses offered in most Academic Departments at NOVA; these courses are listed at the beginning of the course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Do I have to take these courses for credit at NOVA?

Most employers require a student who is engaged in work-based experiential learning to be affiliated with an institution of higher education such as NOVA due to state and federal laws or preference of the employer. NOVA only provides you supervision and credit for work-based learning experiences through registration for the Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses.

When should I start the registration process for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?

You should begin the registration process at least 60 days before beginning the Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship course.

How do I register for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?

Students must first visit the Cooperative Education & Coordinated Internships website and review the eligibility requirements. If eligible, students should start with the checklist and follow the steps provided. Once students have completed Steps 1 and 2 of the checklist, they should contact the Internship Specialist. He/she will assist you with the next steps and course registration.

How do I find work-based experiential learning Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships?

You must find your own Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship jobs and employers. The first source for finding internships is NOVA’s College Central Network Database. It contains internship opportunities with corporate and community partners as well as internships opportunities that employers submitted through career services. Also, a few individual Academic Departments have relationships with employers in the community and have established opportunities for work-based experiential learning offered in the department. In addition, you may utilize the search resources provided in the Cooperative Education & Coordinated Internship Handbook and on the Cooperative Education & Coordinated Internships website.

How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses count toward the completion of degrees or programs of study at NOVA?

Select degrees and programs of study at NOVA have Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses embedded in the curriculum for the degree or program of study. Some degrees and programs of study do not have these courses embedded in the curriculum; however there may be opportunities for students to complete Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses within the degree or program of study as “general electives” or “departmental electives.” Many students also register for Cooperative Education and Coordinated Internship courses as additive credit to a degree or program of study if the course cannot be applied to graduation requirements. You are encouraged to speak to your faculty/academic advisors and counselors, in addition to printing degree progress reports to verify graduation requirements.

How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses will transfer?

Internship courses provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in their desire career field or the opportunity to explore a field of interest. Internships may not count towards your degree requirements, and therefore some colleges will not accept these credits in transfer. It is recommended that you check with the institution where you plan to transfer to find out their transfer policy on internship and co-op credits.

Can I request instructors for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?

The Coordinated Internship Specialist will contact faculty to determine interest in teaching an internship course for credit. However, if you have or know of a faculty member interested in teaching the internship course, you can provide the contact information to the Internship Specialist who will follow up with the faculty member.

How many credits can I take each semester for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses and what determines the number of credits per course?

You may take 1-5 credits per semester for either a Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship course, and may cumulatively earn up to a maximum of 10 credits total for Cooperative Education and/or a Coordinated Internship courses. Most internship courses are offered at 3 credits. However, prior to registering, you can determine the number of credits based on the number of hours you are able to work at the co-op/internship site for that semester. A detailed conversion chart is provided in the Handbook.

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