Co-ops and Internships
Having a co-op or internship can help you:
- Gain valuable experience
- Help you figure out your career path
- Apply the skills you learn in school in a professional setting
- Expand your professional network
- Possibly be in the pipeline for a full-time position
Co-op & Internship FAQ
Q: How do I find a co-op or internship?
A: Handshake is Georgia State University’s job board where you can find full-time, part-time, internships and co-ops. There, you can also get ready to apply by working on your resume using Optimal Resume, showcasing your work in Portfolium and researching the job options with “What Can I Do With This Major?” and O*Net—the Department of Labor’s report on jobs and future of industries. Also, work your network. Let people know that you are looking for opportunities.
Q: When should I do an internship/co-op?
A: You can start looking as soon as your come to Georgia State, but most students should be looking seriously year two and three.
Q: How do I get credit for my internship?
A: Every department that offers credit for an internship has different requirements and procedures. Get in touch with your department to learn about them. Remember to give yourself time to do everything needed in advance of the actual experience.
Q: I haven’t heard back about my application. What should I do?
A: Unfortunately, you might never hear from an employer, particularly one that receives a lot of applications. It’s fine to follow up in a couple of weeks, but you might need to look at other options.
Q: What are co-ops?
A: Co-ops are full-time, paid work experiences related to your major. Co-ops are rotational, which means you’ll work full-time for a semester, return to take classes full-time and return to co-op a following semester. Students do not take classes while on co-op. Co-op rotations may be set at a semester or six months, but semester rotations are the most popular. Co-op at Georgia State is available to Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Political Science and Geosciences majors with a GIS concentration. Learn more at co-op.gsu.edu.
Q: What’s the difference between co-ops and internships?
Pay Paid Paid or unpaid
Work Schedule Full-time Part-time or full-time
Eligibility Undergraduate students
Majors: Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Political Science and Geosciences with GIS concentration All students
Internships can be part-time or full-time and co-ops always work a full-time schedule. Co-ops are always paid positions and internships can be paid or unpaid. With a co-op, student work for one term, return to take classes and then return to the employer for another work term while internships typically last one semester. Internships are available to all students. Co-ops are available to undergraduates in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Geosciences with GIS concentration and Political Science majors.