Ball State's internship and co-op programs provide you with the opportunity to blend classroom theory and learning with meaningful work experiences related to your major or career goal. These out-of-classroom learning experiences allow you to practice the skills learned in the classroom and enrich your education.
Internships are one of the most common experiential education options available to Ball State students. In fact, more than half of Ball State students complete at least one internship. Internships are usually available for one semester or during the summer.
If you are interested in pursuing an internship, contact Jennifer Warrner, work experience coordinator, at (765) 285-5662. The Career Center lists many available internships on the Cardinal Career Link Web site. Faculty members in the department may also be able to help you identify potential internship sites.
Co-op or Work Experience
The co-op or work experience is an educational plan that integrates classroom theory with paid, supervised work experience in an area related to your career goals. Students enrolled in the co-op program usually alternate full-time semesters of study with full-time semesters of work experience. This provides an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with practical job experience and bridges the gap between the academic and work worlds.
Some advantages of taking parting in the co-op program include:
- Gaining work experience in a career-related field
- Evaluating a career choice
- Earning money to help pay for college expenses
- Earning college credits that apply toward graduation
- Enhancing job opportunities
The co-op work experience program is open to select students pursuing a manufacturing engineering, industrial technology, or graphic arts major.
You must complete your freshman year before beginning the work experience employment. You must then complete a minimum of two work experience semesters, separated by an academic semester. The number of work experience semesters varies from two to five.
Students usually complete their bachelor's degrees in four to five years, depending upon the number of work experience programs worked. Consult with the faculty work experience coordinator to determine how work experience credits will apply to your academic program.
If you are interested in taking part in a co-op or work experience program, contact Jennifer Warrner, work experience coordinator, at (765) 285-5662.