Co-Op/Internship Planning and Registration


A cooperative education experience (co-op), is a paid, semester + summer work experience.

An internship is a paid one-term work experience at a company or organization for a fixed period of time, usually three to five months.


  • Paid
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


Co-op's/Internships involve supervision by an individual knowledgeable in the field. A minimum of 260 hours is required to fulfill this experience.

Note: Students must satisfactorily complete a mandatory LMS course during their semester-away experience.

Search for an Opportunity

The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) supports Civic Engagement search and registration experiences.

Visit the Arch Internship/Co-Op Search Support on CCPD's website.

To begin your search, visit Handshake or make an appointment with a CCPD counselor.

Process to Register a Co-op or Internship ILE

  1. Log into to record your away-semester plan
  2. Visit Handshake to upload your offer letter and resume and to answer a few questions about your experience (Handshake > Career Center > Experiences > Request an Experience)
  3. CCPD will verify and approve the plan and send a confirmation email to your RPI email address.
  4. You must attend the away-semester briefing, Preparing for Your Away Semester 2.0.

Office Contact for Questions and Guidance

The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD)

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