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Internships & co-ops: What’s the difference?
Internships are a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work or community service experience and that:
- Are of a specified and definite duration;
- Evaluates each participating student's performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's internship employer;
- May provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.
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Cooperative education (Co-op) is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and:
- Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education;
- Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;
- Evaluates each participating student's performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's cooperative employer;
- Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;
- Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program is acceptable to the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and involves cooperative education.
Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops Program info
An investment of state and private dollars to increase the number of internships and co-ops for employers and students in key industries to close the skills gap, increase student completion and give Ohio a competitive advantage in the global human capital talent marketplace.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will make strategic investments in each of the six JobsOhio regions for cooperative education and internship programs to develop and support business and postsecondary workforce development initiatives. The investments will actively support the ability of the state of Ohio to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new investment and talent, and further entrepreneurship.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education will allocate and award funds to existing and new Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops (OMIC) post-secondary institutions and their partners. The goal is to connect student co-ops and interns with In-Demand occupations at private companies and organizations within regionally targeted industries. Institutions will collaborate with businesses to identify co-op/intern opportunities to help address skill gaps and occupational shortfalls using innovative design and implementation processes