Cooperative Education and Internship Program

Career-Related Work Experience
Numerous services are provided to assist students in gaining career-related work experience prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the Smith Career Center to obtain assistance with all of their employment needs, beginning as freshmen and continuing throughout their college years. The majority of Bradley graduates have gained career-related work experience before graduation through cooperative education, internships, campus employment, and part-time jobs.

Cooperative Education and Internship Program
Bradley's centralized, nationally recognized university-wide Cooperative Education and Internship Program provides a dynamic plan for professional development that effectively integrates classroom theory with career-related work experience. The program is available to students in all five colleges of the University.

College Fact Sheets (Adobe Reader required)
Additional information, by college, regarding program definitions, options, prerequisites/requirements, academic credit, etc.

How do I Register?
If you have secured an internship, you should consider registering the experience for zero credit or possible credit, depending on college requirements (see College Fact Sheets). Registering for zero credit will provide a transcript notation and allow for a structured monitoring process of your internship. Follow the below steps to register your internship:
Registering a First-Time Assignment
Student should review the above College Fact Sheet to see if they are eligible to register the assignment. Student must also meet with their career advisor to review the internship duties and discuss registration requirements. To schedule an appointment with your career advisor, call (309) 677-2510.
Registering a Repeat Assignment
Student conducting a repeat internship assignment with the same employer should complete the following forms and submit them to the Smith Career Center (Burgess 109). If you have questions, please call (309) 677-2510.

Student Work Schedules
Work assignments correspond to the academic calendar

  • August - December/January (fall semester)
  • January Interim (3 week work assignment)
  • January - May (spring semester)
  • May - August (summer)

Benefits for Students Participating in the Cooperative Education/Internship Program

  • Gain career-related work experience
  • Clarify career options
  • Earn money to off-set college expenses
  • Obtain exposure to the "real world" of work, its expectations and variety of opportunities
  • Realize increased job opportunities upon graduation
  • Acquire networking opportunities with professionals in chosen fields

Why Do Employers Hire Co-op or Intern Students?

  • Obtain qualified workers to assist during peak periods or with special projects
  • Fill part-time positions with progressive and eager workers
  • Acquire near professional assistance at less than professional wages
  • Gain visibility on campus as student workers become "ambassadors" for Co-op/Intern employers' organization
  • "Test-drive" potential new hires prior to full-time job offers
  • Use as a recruitment tool

Internship Search Tips

Hints for Conducting a Successful Search

Ethics in Your Search

  • Maintain accuracy and honesty on resume, other application materials and in interview
  • Show up for scheduled interviews
  • Accept/reject offer in timely manner
  • Never renege on acceptances
  • Never "burn bridges"
  • Review Student Principles for Professional Conduct

Registration and Monitoring Responsibilities
Bradley Student

  • Registers for appropriate Cooperative Education/Internship course at beginning of each work assignment
  • Completes Pre-evaluation for each assignment
  • Meets with supervisor and completes Goals Statement at beginning of each assignment
  • Completes Final Evaluation and writes Reflection Paper at end of each assignment

Bradley University

  • Registers student for Cooperative Education/Internship Course
  • Monitors student progress
  • Provides student and employer with program deadline dates and final evaluation materials
  • Assigns grade

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Assigns supervisor
  • Supervises and evaluates student
  • Identifies meaningful and challenging work; establishes expectations
  • Meets with student to complete Goals Statement at beginning of each work assignment
  • Completes Student Performance Evaluation at end of each work assignment