Undergraduate Internships/Co-ops FAQ
- A co-op is a structured, university-approved work program designed to allow you to alternate semesters of school and paid work in your field of study. During semesters of work, you enroll in a zero-credit co-op class (COP ***) that allows you to maintain continuous enrollment. Co-op generally requires one extra year in school to complete the program, and the time spent working can be applied toward a professional engineering license. For more information about the co-op program, visit the co-op website. You should apply for the co-op program after you have matriculated.
- An internship is a short-term job in your field of study. You normally apply for internships on your own, just like a regular job. Most students who choose to intern do so during the summer. Since there is no internship program offered through the University, if you intern during a regular semester, you are considered withdrawn from school and must reapply to return the next semester. This can be avoided by taking at least one course from NC State while interning, on-campus or via distance education (non-ISE courses only). Internships CANNOT be applied toward a professional engineering license. You may intern at any time.
- Course credit cannot be awarded for paid internships or jobs.
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