Internships / Cooperative (Co-Op) Education
The Internship/Cooperative Education program at Murray State gives students the opportunity to gain valued experience in their chosen field of study by working for an employer for a given period of time. This program provides employers with the opportunity to hire skilled and knowledgeable students to assist with on-the-job projects at a reduced cost and with no full-time hiring obligations. The career-related work experience can be either full- or part-time; paid or non-paid; fall, spring and/or summer semesters.
Participation in these programs is strongly encouraged by the University and academic departments. These experiences allow students to develop a better understanding of the material presented in their classes and its application in the work place. This also allows the employer to evaluate students for possible full-time employment as an intern has already been trained and has experience within the organization.
Career Services acts as a liaison between the hiring organizations, academic departments, University and students. Through the resources provided in the office, students are able to identify potential co-op or internship opportunities.
- Gain a talented performer at a reduced cost and with no obligations
- Increase exposure to latest academic theory and educational literature
- Gain assistance with special projects and/or on-going support services
- Bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the work place
- Build a pool of qualified candidates for recruiting future employees
- Develop a support relationship with a specific school/department to establish credibility
- Become involved with key faculty/staff members on campus
- The employer must provide a position that is meaningful, challenging, supervised, and career-related
- The position must extend a minimum of 10 weeks and average at least 30 hours per week
- The employer must provide some form of compensation for the period of work
- The employer must complete the Evaluation form prior to the end of the work assignment
- Contact Career Services to advertise the position, either posting to Racer Tracks or completing the Position Available form
- Collect resumes, contact interested students and conduct interviews (conduct individually or through Career Services' on-campus interview program)
- Once an offer is made, complete and provide the Job Description form to Career Services
Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Internships
Career Services Office
Murray State University
210 Ordway Hall
P: 270-809-3117 | F: 270-809-3516