An Internship is a supervised pre-professional learning experience that allows students to apply their skills and knowldege in a professional setting.
These experiences are designed to enhance the student's preparedness for an intended career with a business, industry, or government agency. Internships can be either full-time or part-time lasting the duration of one semester. They are also available every fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students may complete multiple internships with the same company or change employers at the completion of the semester. Because internships are a learning experience specific to your field of study, you may be eligible to utilize them for credit towards your degree program.
Co-op is short for cooperative education which is a formal plan of education in which students alternate approximately three semeseters of full-time work with full-time study.
The "traditional" co-op begins at the completion of the freshman year and last for five work sessions, but many co-ops start later in the student's academic career and lasts for three sessions. The student's duties will progress over the course of each session until they are performing the tasks that they woudl be expected to do upon graduation. Co-ops like internships are learning experiences that may be used for credit toward your degree program.
An Externship is a single-day job shadowing experience. Job shadowing is an activity in which students arrange to spend a few hours or days observing professionals working in their fields of interest.
Students may see firsthand many of the rewards and challenges of a particular career as well as some of the job characteristics that no one ever thinks to tell you. Externships are not eligible for academic credit.