Co-Op/Internship Planning and Registration

Please Note: Students should be registered for ILEA 4400 by the Add Deadline of their Away Term. Any student not registered is at risk of disenrollment after the fifth week of that term.


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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