Internships and Cooperative Education (Co-op)

At the University of Dayton, practical work experience as an undergraduate is viewed as an important part of our students’ education. We welcome the opportunity to partner with our employers who are interested in posting practical work experience positions that take place throughout the year, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Internships

At the University of Dayton, an internship is a part-time, paid or non-paid position during the school year (and/or full-time, paid or non-paid, during the summer months). An Internship may be part of an educational program that is carefully monitored and evaluated for credit by an Academic Unit or part of a learning plan that the student develops for him/herself. Each Academic Unit sets their own pre-conditions and requirements (.pdf) but, generally, students must have completed 45 semester hours of study to participate.

Full-Time Internship
Fall & Spring Semesters

Student works 40 hours per week, and does not register for classes during the semester.

Student is required to notify the university and either contact his/her department or Career Services to be registered and maintain full-time student status on campus.

Student must register as an intern for the semester, complete required documents, obtain an employer evaluation at the end of the experience, and submit a report about their internship.

Summer Semester

Student works 40 hours per week, and does not register for classes during the semester.

Student is not required to notify the university to maintain full-time status, but may need to contact academic department if seeking credit.

Part-Time Internship
Fall & Spring Semesters

Student works below 40 hours per week, while also taking classes on campus, generally 15-20 hours.

Student is not required to notify the university to maintain full-time status, but may need to contact academic department if seeking credit.

Summer Semester

Student works below 40 hours per week, sometimes also taking classes on campus.

Student is not required to notify the university to maintain full-time status, but may need to contact academic department if seeking credit.

Student Contract Program

The Student Contract Program is an optional internship experience that is administered by Career Services. Students work up to 20 hours per week (while taking classes), or 40 hours per week (while not attending classes) in an experiential setting with an employer, but are placed on the University’s payroll and insurance program. For more information about the program contact Theresa Withrow, Recruiting Coordinator at 937-229-2073.

Cooperative Education

A co-op is a work experience related to a student’s major that occurs over multiple semesters, usually rotating a semester of classes with a semester of work with the same employer multiple times. The student requirements are the same as those for a full-time internship experience.

Contact the School of Engineering Cooperative Education office for engineering students.
Contact Liz Seager, Associate Director for Career Advising and Experiential Education, in the Career Services office for business, arts and sciences students.

Compensation

Paid Experiences
UD Career Services strongly encourages employers to offer paid experiences for students, although compensation for students during a work experience is at the discretion of the employer. Not sure how much you should pay students during the internship? We encourage you to view our Career Services Statistics average salaries for our graduates by major. Or, contact our office for information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) regarding recent survey results about Average Salaries for Interns. Some employers also find that viewing other similar internship job descriptions in their geographic area on sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor will help them get an idea of what wages are competitive for their positions.

Unpaid Experiences
UD Career Services follows the guidelines and principles of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) regarding the posting of unpaid internship positions. Employers are strongly encouraged to review the resources below for more information and guidelines:
NACE's Position Statement on Unpaid Internships >>
The United States Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet on Internships Programs >>

Credit as Compensation?
Employers who intend to require students to seek academic credit from the University instead of paying them during the internship experience are strongly encouraged to discuss this with the candidate prior to hiring them. Not all academic departments award credit for internships, and students are required to pay the University per credit hour awarded. For many students, this is an expensive and unexpected cost, especially if the student does not need the credit hours to satisfy academic requirements (only to satisfy the employer’s requirement). For more information, please review the resources above regarding unpaid internships, or contact UD Career Services.

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