Our Cooperative Education Program and internships can provide you with valuable career-related experience for a head start in today's competitive marketplace.
Co-op Education Program
This program offers both part-time and full-time options and is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. By combining relevant work experience with academic studies, students have the best opportunity for personal, professional and career development. Additionally, students are able to subsidize their education costs while building their resumes in preparation for their professional lives.
Part-time co-ops usually involve working 15-25 hours per week while continuing to take a full load of courses. Students working full-time must have completed a full load of courses the previous semester and then must return to school for the semester after their co-op placement.
Co-ops are available for all majors. Most positions are located in businesses and organizations within easy commuting distance of campus, so that students can balance their work and academic schedules.
To be eligible for a co-op, students must meet the following requirements:
• Undergraduates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have completed their freshman year
• Transfer students must have completed one semester at Suffolk University
• Full-time graduate students are eligible upon enrollment in their degree program.
Students interested in co-op must schedule an appointment with a co-op counselor.
Sample co-op employers
The Boston Globe
Cape Cod Potato Chips
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Ernst and Young, LLP
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Investors Bank and Trust
Massachusetts General Hospital
North Suffolk Mental Health Association
Internships are usually unpaid or carry a small stipend. Your academic department may also grant academic credit.
Sophomore Job Shadowing/Externship Program
A job shadow/externship provides an inside look at jobs, organizations, and career paths. Job shadows/externships are offered only in the spring semester. They are unpaid and cannot be taken for credit. They vary from a half-day to as many as 5 days and are sponsored by alumni and friends of Suffolk.
Through this experience, you can:
- Learn what kinds of jobs are available in your field of interest and how to prepare for them
- Discover what expectations employers have
- See how organizations are run and what the pace of work is like
- Begin to develop networking skills
- Make smart choices about electives, internships, minors and other academic decisions in your junior and senior years.
Sponsors determine how you will spend your time. Possible activities include.
- A tour of the organization
- Observing general office tasks, staff meetings, and interactions of one or more departments
- Observing client interactions or assist clients directly
- Assisting with office tasks or projects; preparing or proofreading documents
- Reviewing the organization’s website, mission, marketing collateral, organizational charts
- Having a meal with sponsor or others
- Conducting informational interviews with your sponsor’s colleagues and key staff members to understand the organization, industry and future trends, and career paths within this field
- Meeting human resources staff to understand what they look for in college graduates
- Meeting with Suffolk alumni who work there
- Meeting young, recently hired staff to understand their experiences
Everyone you meet at your externship is a potential contact. It is essential that you conduct yourself with utmost professionalism at all times and be sure to show initiative, curiosity, and enthusiasm.