Cooperative Education/Internship Options (Employers)

Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Internship programs provide students the opportunity to gain real world work experience related to their major, while earning academic credit at Southwest. The goal of the program is to help prepare students to be successful in the workplace. Co-op students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 12 college-level credit hours. To allow employers and students greater flexibility, the following options are available:

Cooperative Education (Paid)

Students receive hourly pay and 3 or 4 hours of academic credit for time spent on a job related to their major. Throughout the semester students must complete 225 hours of work to receive 3 hours of academic credit and 300 hours of work for 4 credit hours. At the end of each semester, employers are asked to complete a one page performance evaluation which accounts for 80 percent of the student's Co-op grade.

Internship (Paid or Unpaid)

Internships can be paid or unpaid. All paid Internships and Co-op positions are handled through Career Services. Information on unpaid Internships can be obtained from the chairperson of each individual participating academic area.

Benefits to Employers

  • Access to a pool of well trained and highly motivated student employees
  • Reduction of training and recruitment costs; increased employee retention
  • Observation of student's on-the-job performance prior to hiring permanently
  • Opportunity to directly influence future members of the local workforce
  • Establish relationships with a network of Southwest students and faculty who can serve as goodwill ambassadors for your company

How to Participate

Please contact Career Services at 901-333-4180 for more information.