"Previous experience desired."
If you're looking for that perfect position after graduation, no need to let those three words discourage you. Internships and co-ops provide practical and relevant work experience that you'll be proud to show on your résumé.
- Both internships and co-ops offer exposure to a variety of workplace settings, providing:
- On-the-job experience that supplements skills learned in the classroom.
- Opportunities to explore career possibilities.
- A competitive edge as a job seeker.
- Are usually part-time with flexible hours.
- Can be paid or unpaid positions.
- Typically last for one semester.
- May sometimes take the place of coursework for that semester.
- May earn academic credit (the credits will appear on your transcript and will be added to your tuition and fee charges) Contact the related academic department to discuss.
- May or may not be directly related to your major or field of interest (but will probably need to be related if you're seeking credit).
Co-ops (co-operative education assignments):
- Are full-time (30 hours/week or more) paid positions
- Directly relate to your field of study.
- Last for six months to a year.
- Offer substantive professional work experience.
- Typically (but don't always) take the place of coursework for that semester.
Career Services recommends that students have a minimum of 30–45 degree credits (at least 12–15 earned at UMass Boston) before participating in an internship or co-op. International students: Please make sure you are well prepared for your appointment with Career Services. First visit the Office of Global Programs's website to understand your particular requirements.
- During the semester before you plan to do an internship, meet with your academic department and a career specialist in the Office of Career Services and Internships.
- Call Career Services at 617.287.5519 to make an appointment with a career specialist.
- Come to your meeting prepared to discuss internships and co-ops with respect to your interests, skills, and availability.
- Review internship and co-op opportunities posted in Beacon Careers Online and in the Career Resource Library
- Prepare your résumé — find guidelines in our Résumé Handbook and resource materials in the Career Resource Library.
- Your career specialist will review your résumé and work with you as you apply for appropriate assignments.
- Follow up on internship or co-op referrals in a timely manner.
- If you obtain a position, please notify Career Services.