Co-ops vs. internships

By Staff Writer
April 1, 2004

Angelina Wagner

Students will be looking toward summer with aspirations of building up their resume by obtaining a position at a co-op or an internship. The main difference between the two programs is the structure. While co-ops are very organized, internships are generally not as structured.

Director of co-op & career services, Nancy Hutchison, determines both the co-op and internship value. “Cabrini encourages three to four co-op career exploration in order to get a variety of experience,” said Hutchison.

The steps needed to take in order to obtain a co-op or internship are as follows: fill out an application, receive the authorization of your adviser and department chair, put together a resume with help from the co-op and finally upload the resume to e-recruitment.

When a student is looking for an internship, it would be advisable to ask their department’s chairman or a professor for assistance. Hutchison advises to use professors as resources when searching for a possible internship.

“Once a student accepts a co-op, they are bound to it for better or worse,” said Hutchison. 50 Cabrini students are working a co-op this semester.

Cabrini uses a “parallel” co-op program which means students continue taking classes while working at their co-op. Other colleges, such as Drexel, have an “alternating” co-op program where the student works for his/her employer, full-time for six months.

Participating Co-op Employers

Advanced Video Production
American Red Cross
WBEB-FM, B 101.1
Banyan Productions
Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
Brinker Capital
CIGNA Corporation
Comcast Spectator
Commerce Bank
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Devereux Foundation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ESF Concepts for Children
Ferrare and Fleming Advertising/FCFPublic Relations
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Global Compliance
Hass and Company
ICON Office Solutions
IKON Clinical Research
Kathy Wickline Casting
KPMG Peat Marwick
Lankenau Hospital
Lapidary Journal
Lindenmeyer Munroe
Lower Merion Township
MacDade, Abbott and Company
Mike Lemon Casting
Norristown Times Herald
North American Publishing Company
Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Philadelphia District Attorny’s Office
Philadelphia Zoological Society
Please Touch Museum
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Quest Diagnosis
Remed Recovery Care
Rosenbluth International
Searle Pharmaceuticals
Shared Medical Systems (SMS)
US Customs
Upper Main Line YMCA
Valley Forge Investment Consultants, Inc.
Walnut Street Theater
Walt Disney World
WCAU-TV, Channel 10
WIP Sports Radio
Women in Community Service (WICS)
Women Against Abuse Legal Center
WPVI-TV, Channel 6
WTFX-TV, Fox 29

Posted to the Web by: Mark Garlit

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