About the Co-op Program
The program is open to all LIU Post students, from freshmen to seniors and graduate students, and you can enroll in the Co-op Internship Program at any stage in your college career. As a Co-op student, you will be guided through the following four steps by our professional and dedicated Co-op counselors.
STEP 1: EEE-1 Pre-Placement Seminar
Experience Enriched Education (EEE-1) gives students the unique opportunity to become fully prepared for an internship or part-time work experience in their field of study. This four-session workshop is designed to teach students self assessment, résumé writing, career research, interviewing skills, and issues in the workplace. This workshop is a pre-requisite for all students interested in participating in the Co-op Internship Program and is non-credit bearing, so it does not affect the cost of your tuition.
STEP 2: First Co-op Internship – What Interests Me?
Sophomore year is a good time to land your first internship. It will help you gain important job experience, and also help you decide if you enjoy working in the area you have chosen. Finding out that you don’t want to be an accountant or a hospital administrator, for example, can be just as important as confirming that you are on the right track. Your Co-op Counselor will help you fine-tune your résumé, recommend opportunities and work with you to establish contacts with potential employers.
STEP 3: Second (and Third!) Co-op Internship –Building the Résumé
By applying what you learn in the classroom to the “real world,” you gain invaluable experience. Additional internships give you opportunities to continue to build your résumé, as well as make important networking connections in the field that interests you. In fact, nationally, employers extended offers of full-time employment to an average of 67.7 percent of their 2007-08 interns (as reported from a NACE 2009 Experiential Education Survey).
STEP 4: Senior Year –The Search is On!
In your senior year, your job search really begins. You can continue to have co-op internship work experiences, and Career Services will keep you posted about workshops, important networking events, on-campus recruiting, job fairs and more.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Benefits of Cooperative Education:
- Helps you test out a career while working with professionals in the field
- Allows you to explore career options if you're undecided about a career
- Assists you in gaining valuable experience and become more marketable before graduation
- Helps to open doors to future employment
- Provides a job so you can earn extra cash for college expenses.*
Co-op is a non-credit, pass/fail course and will appear on your transcript with the name of your placement for future employers to see.
*Some industries provide only non-paying co-ops.