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  • 1. Cooperative Education, Internshipand Summer Programs Definitions General Information Cooperative Education: alternating academic classes When registering for a co-op, intern or summer work experience with periods of engineering related full-time work you are signing up for an academic class. The following will experience of approximately equal length. A minimum apply: of two semesters and one summer is required. • You will be considered a full time student Internship: A single work period of engineering • There are no tuition and fees while in the work place related full-time employment of at least one semester or • No academic credit given one semester plus one summer. • This is a Pass/Fail course • There are three academic requirements that MUST be Summer: A single work period of engineering related completed to receive a passing grade on your transcript full-time employment of at least 10 weeks. Benefits Quick Facts A co-op, internship or summer program is an opportunity for • The average starting salary for engineering interns is $2700 students to explore their interests and career options. These a month ($17/hour). programs also give students a chance to see what a real • Collectively, ISU engineering interns earned $9,600,000 in world work experience is like and to learn job skills that the 2007-2008 academic year. cannot be taught in the classroom. Other benefits are: • All work experiences must be paid to qualify as an internship, co-op or summer program • Increase Competitive edge for full-time employment • All students must be compensated and employed by the • Enhance career exploration and clarification of direct employer and not a third-party agency professional goals • Develop greater responsibility and self-confidence • Improve interpersonal and communication skills • Create a process of development, assessment, and continuous professional growth • Maintain full-time student status without paying • tuition or fees Work experience reflected on transcript Imagine the Opportunities