- When should I complete a work-based learning experience, also known as Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship, in my degree program of study?
- Are Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships courses at NOVA?
- Do I have to take these courses for credit at NOVA?
- When should I start the registration process for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
- How do I register for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
- How do I find work-based experiential learning Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internships?
- How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses count toward the completion of degrees or programs of study at NOVA?
- How do I know if Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses will transfer?
- Can I request instructors for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses?
- How many credits can I take each semester for Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship courses and what determines the number of credits per course?
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.
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.
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 should begin the registration process at least 60 days before beginning the Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship course.
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 their Department or academic advisor to review and approve the internship. Once approved you will be given permission to enroll on the appropriate General Usage Course and should register directly. An Advisor can assist you with the next steps and course registration.
You must find your own Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship jobs and employers. The first source for finding internships is Career Connection, NOVA's career management system. It contains internship opportunities with corporate and community partners that are paid and unpaid. You can filter based on internships as well as on your program of study or career interests. You area also encouraged to reach out to faculty advisors in individual Academic Departments who may have relationships with employers in the community or have established opportunities for work-based experiential learning offered in the department.
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;
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.
The Department where your program is housed 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 Department coordinator who will follow up with the faculty member.
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. The student must register and pay tuition for the corresponding amount of college academic credits for the Cooperative Education or Coordinated Internship course that correspond to the number of total work hours for the co-op or internship as determined by the corresponding chart:
|Co-op/Internship Total Work Hours||Credits|
|16 Hours - 80 Hours (Minimum)||1 Credit (Minimum)|
|81 Hours - 160 Hours||2 Credits|
|161 Hours - 240 Hours||3 Credits|
|241 Hours - 320 Hours||4 Credits|
|321 Hours - 400 Hours (Maximum)||5 Credits (Maximum)|