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Cooperative education is a unique form of education which shows you how to use classroom learning in the workplace. This combination of classroom study and related, paid and supervised on-the-job training prepares you to join the workforce after graduation.

Co-op has a profound effect on the way your learning takes place. You start to discover the practical application of what you are learning at Clark State because you are putting it to the test in a real job. In addition, you will:

  • explore your career interests
  • acquire academic credit for your Co-op experience
  • earn money to help with college expenses
  • sharpen the skills employers value
  • apply classroom learning to on-the-job experience
  • make valuable contacts in your field, and
  • gain work experience you can show on your resume

The Co-op Program is available to students in the following technologies:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Software Development
  • CyberSecurity/Information Assurance
  • Diesel Technology
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Horticulture Industries - Golf Course Operations
  • Horticulture Industries - Landscape Design
  • Horticulture Industries - Nursery Operations
  • Horticulture Industries - Parks and Recreation Operation
  • Horticulture Industries - Turf and Landscape Operations
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Technology
  • Insurance
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Technical Systems Support

How does Co-op work?

Clark State operates on a semester calender. This allows you to be placed in a work site for approximately 15 weeks each semester. Most students prefer to work part-time (typically 20 hours per week) while carrying either full- or part-time coursework. Some students may prefer to work full time during the summer.

How do I apply?

To participate in the Co-op Program at Clark State, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled student with a GPA of at least 2.0 (some employers may have a higher GPA requirement)
  • successfully complete the course Employability Skills (EBE 1000), and
  • be committed to obtaining an associate's degree from Clark State

If you meet these eligibility requirements, please contact the Co-op coordinator to complete an application.

Summer 2016 Cybersecurity Internship

Do you love computers? Are you interested in a possible career in cybersecurity? Then you should take part in a unique internship that will expose you to real world issues.

Clark State is offering a unique Summer Cybersecurity Internship that provides training and actual work experience centered around cybersecurity projects hosted by local businesses. The ten-week internship begins in June, with the student working 4-5 days per week. No experience is necessary. Complete the application below or e-mail Professor Dale Rude for more information. 

Cybersecurity Internship Benefits:

  • Hands-on experience! It isn't often you are given the chance to work directly with security professionals in a small environment.
  • Networking! Not only will you make lasting friends this summer, but you will also make important contacts in the business world. 
  • Make some extra money! Not only will you be getting the experience you need, but you'll also make some money doing it!
  • Build important business skills! If you never worked in a professional business environment before, now is your chance to get a feel for it.

The Cybersecurity Summer Internship is also posted in Eagles Post, the Career Management job bank.

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