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Co-op/Internship Prerequisites

Students wishing to participate in what has traditionally been called "The Cooperative Education Program" at Roger Williams University must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of freshman year
  • Transfer students must have completed one semester at RWU
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Free elective remaining in academic program when applicable
  • Completion of mandatory Career Planning Seminar offered through the Career Center in the Fall and Spring semesters only.

Students should always start the application procedure early in the semester preceding the semester in which they plan to do their Co-op/Internships.  Starting the process even earlier is encouraged. It is recommended that students complete the required series of preparatory workshops in their sophomore year.

Students can participate in more than one Co-op/Internship for credit as long as their academic program allows it. Students are limited to a maximum of 15 credits of independent study or Co-op/Internship course credit in any combination during their time at RWU (refer to the University Catalog). For more information, please contact your academic advisor.

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Requirements

The Following Majors Require a Co-op/Internship taken through the Co-op/Internship Program to Graduate*
*Even if your major does not require one, it is highly recommended that you try to complete a Co-op/Internship or other part-time experience in your chosen field of study - please use the Career Center as a resource.

Gabelli School of Business

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • International Business*
  • Management
  • Marketing (communications)*

*International Business and Marketing (comm) Internship may be replaced by completion of Special Topics course.

Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences

  • Communication
  • Graphic Design Communication
  • Psychology
  • Global Communication

Students in the School of Justice Studies, please see your academic advisor for more information regarding internships.

Psychology students have the option of enrolling in a Psychology practicum course, Psych 499 to meet their internhip requirement. This course is a one hour class in addition to their internship hours. Students entering RWU in Fall 2009 will be required to enroll in this course to meet the requirement. For further information, students should contact the Career Center or Psychology department.

School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

  • Visual Arts

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Workshops

All students who are participating in the Co-op/Internship Program and wish to obtain credit, either to fulfill a requirement or as an elective, are required to attend preparatory workshops in a semester prior to registering for their Co-op/Internship. Beginning in the Spring 2013 semester, these workshops will be known as Career Planning Seminar, a series of five session that will not only cover co-ops/internships, but the correlation of majors to careers, social media as a research tool and networking instrument, resume and cover letter development, interviewing strategies and professionalism.  Students can register for the series that best meets their schedule on HAWKS HUNT.  Students can access class materials in the Resource Library in HAWKS HUNT.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a Co-op/Internship? AND/OR are there any prerequisite courses I must take before being allowed to register for a Co-op/Internship for credit?
Who is my Co-op/Internship advisor?
Do I have to do an internship to graduate?
How many hours do I have to work?
How do I find a Co-op/Internship?
Will I get a paid Co-op/Internship?
When can I take a Co-op/Internship?
When do I complete my required Co-op/Internship if I plan to study abroad?
Can I do more than one Co-op/Internship?
How are co-ops/internships graded?
Can I take my internship at home during the summer or winter?
Why do I have to take the Co-op/Internship Workshops?
Can I receive credit for an internship I did last semester but for which I did not register?
Can I do a non-credited internship?

How do I register for a Co-op/Internship?
Students MUST register and attend the preparatory workshops offered through the Career Center BEFORE the semester they wish to register for the Co-op/Internship course and obtain your internship.

Note 2: You MUST attend a preparatory workshop.

To register for your Co-op/Internship  you must:

  1. Accept a specific Co-op/Internship position!  You must know where you are working BEFORE you can register for your Co-op/Internship.
     
  2. Start the registration process on HAWKS HUNT.  Need a refresher?  Review this video.

Should you miss the deadline to add a course, you will be required to obtain permission from the Academics Standards Committee to add the course to your schedule. See the Career Center to start this process.

AND YES! You are required to take a series of preparatory workshops BEFORE participating in the Co-op/Internship Program. The workshops are offered several times during the academic year. You may sign up in HAWKS HUNT for the date and time of your choice. 

The workshops may be taken any semester prior to your Co-op/Internship and need only be taken once. Even if the workshop requirement has been met, you are responsible for checking this web page for updates and changes of policy which may have occurred since you attended.

Who is my Co-op/Internship Advisor?
Before starting an internship call or visit the Career Center for updated information.

Do I have to do a Co-op/internship to graduate?
Currently, the following majors require students to do co-op/internships in order to graduate: Accounting, CIS, International Business, Management, Marketing Communications, Psychology, Communication, Global Communication and Graphic Design.

 If your major is not listed, check with your academic advisor for further information specific to your major. Some academic departments coordinate their own internship programs.

How many hours do I have to work?
Most students must complete a minimum of 135 hours to earn the prerequisite 3 credits unless you are registering for PSYCH 499. However, you may earn more or fewer credits if fulfilling a requirement is not an issue. Discuss the possibilities with your Co-op/Internship advisor.

How do I find a Co-op/Internship?
There are many ways to identify possible Co-op/Internship opportunities. These will be covered in the Co-op/Internship Preparatory Workshops.

Will I get a paid Co-op/Internship?
Both paid and unpaid co-ops/internships can be done for credit.

When should I take a Co-op/Internship?
If you are in a major that requires a Co-op/Internship, you must discuss the time frame with your academic advisor, as most of these majors require at least junior standing. 

However, the Career Center encourages all students to do co-ops/internships as often as their schedules allow. Therefore, you may do an elective Co-op/Internship and receive credit for it as soon as you have completed your first year, have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have completed the workshop series. 

Transfer students must complete one semester at RWU. You may find doing a Co-op/Internship in the second semester of your senior year is more complicated than at other times. Co-op/Internship advisors recommend you complete your Co-op/Internship prior to your last semester, if at all possible.

When do I complete my required Co-op/Internship if I plan to study abroad?
You need to be aware of the extra time and planning needed to complete an internship if you intend to study abroad. You should look ahead and plan your semesters accordingly. If possible, complete the preparatory workshops before going abroad. 

Doing a Co-op/Internship in the semester you return takes careful planning in advance. Keep in mind doing an internship in the second semester of your senior year may be more complicated than at other times, particularly if you are abroad in the first semester of your senior year. The Career Center recommends you complete your Co-op/Internship prior to your last semesters, if at all possible.

Can I do more than one Co-op/Internship?
Yes!

How are co-ops/internships graded?
Most internships managed via the Career Center graded on a pass/no pass system except PSYCH 499 which offers letter grades.

Can I take my internship at home during the summer or winter?
Yes, and students must still complete the preparation workshops before they register. Students will be required to pay and will be billed a tuition course for enrollment in Summer and Winter Intersession Co-op/Internships.

Why do I have to take the Co-op/Internship Workshops?
Along with receiving a comprehensive overview of the program's requirements, procedures, and deadlines, you will learn job-search skills which will benefit you in future employment searches.

Can I receive credit for an internship I did last semester but didn't register for?
No. You must complete your hours within the semester you are registered. If you were not registered while interning, you may not receive retroactive credit.

Can I do a non-credited internship?
YES! The Career Center will also help you find non-credited opportunities. Please also use HAWKS HUNT to search for part-time opportunities in your field of study or interest.

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Externship Program

Roger Williams University continually strives to create experiential learning opportunities for our students. Our Winter Externship Program is just one more avenue to connect our students to career professionals out in the field. Through the Externship Program, students will have the opportunity to shadow a professional for as long as three full days during the first three weeks in January. In the field, externs will engage in meetings, presentations, brainstorming sessions, site visits and any other activity that may demonstrate an actual work day.

This program will help students to do the following:

  1. Educates them about various careers
  2. Helps them to chose a major, minor or second major
  3. Helps them gain an understanding of a field, career or industry
  4. Helps them transition from college to work
  5. Builds their professional network
  6. Provides an understanding of employment trends, salaries and career ladders
  7. Introduces them to the variety of departments that make up an organization

This program will help employers to do the following:

  1. Build a partnership with the University
  2. Increase corporate visibility on-campus
  3. Bring better educated candidates to the organization
  4. Shape the future of an organization or career

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