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Internships and Co-op Programs

Internships and Co-op Programs 2017-03-28T16:59:37-06:00

In today’s marketplace recruiting, hiring, and training the most suitable employees is critical to the success of your business. One of the most effective ways to make sure you’re offering the right job to the right person is through the Internships and Co-ops.

Internships/Co-ops let you observe a potential employee’s performance in an actual job situation. Through internships/co-ops you’re able to evaluate a student’s real potential in light of your company’s needs before you offer him/her a full-time professional position.


  • Part-time or full-time
  • Paid or non-paid
  • Part-time in Fall or Spring/Full-time or part-time in Summer
  • Maybe for academic credit


  • Always full-time
  • Always a paid experience
  • Full-time position in Fall, Spring and/or Summer (May occur on an extended or alternating basis)
  • Not for academic credit

What Are The Benefits?

  • Pre-screen potential professional employees in an on-the-job setting
  • Reduce the cost of recruiting college students
  • Reduce the cost of training potential full-time professional employees
  • Hire productive, enthusiastic employees
  • Increase company visibility among the college community
  • Add professional staff during peak work times or for special projects
  • Make better use of valuable staff time by turning over routine professional tasks to student interns/co-ops

What Are The Requirements?

Student interns/co-ops should be considered professional employees who are providing a service to your company. As an employer, you should:

  • Plan a meaningful, challenging work experience
  • Complete a Learning Contract with the student
  • Provide necessary training and supervision
  • Complete a performance evaluation and share it with the student

If students are receiving academic credit for their internships, their department may have additional requirements.

What Are The Costs?

The exact salary and benefits you pay student interns/co-ops are determined by you and the student. Usually you should expect to pay between 60% – 80% of a full-time entry-level salary. We will be happy to advise you on appropriate salaries based on the major of the student. You pay the student directly.

Paid or Non-Paid?

How Internships and Co-ops Work

Call Business Career Services at (515) 294-2542 to get information on accessing our online system–CyHire.

  • Choose 1 of the following 2 options to find qualified Iowa State students:
    • Job Posting
    • On-campus interviews
  • You will enter your position and requirements
  • Select the student intern(s)/co-op(s) through your selection/interviewing method
  • Inform the Career Coordinator when you hire an Iowa State University student(s)
  • Employ the student for at least a full semester