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CDC Cocurricular Internships

What is a Cocurricular Internship?

CDC defines a cocurricular internship as any type of carefully monitored work or service experience related to one’s major or career interest in which an individual has intentional career development goals, and with the employer, reflects actively upon what he or she is learning throughout the experience.

The cocurricular internship offers a degree of flexibility which may appeal to many UC students. These may or may not be paid opportunities, and they do not result in academic credit. However, these internships offer the opportunity to enhance professional skills and connect  "hands on experience"  with academic experiences in the classroom.  The University of Cincinnati Career Development Center (CDC) Internship Program helps students find out-of-the-classroom, practical experience, while gaining in-depth knowledge of the work place that most employers seek.  The CDC internship program is open to students of all majors. 

Why Choose a Cocurricular Internship?

Students should choose a cocurricular internship to gain real-world experience in areas of career interest.  The CDC Cocurricular Internship Program is designed to provide practical and comprehensive internship information, internship selections, and follow-up career counseling services that are available as early as freshman year.  It is not necessary to take time off from school to intern, as required with co-op.  Even though cocurricular internships are offered year round, you have the option to choose when you want to intern.  You may receive a stipend from your internship.  Additionally, cocurricular internships help you to establish an employer network that can lead to full-time employment in the future. 

Cocurricular Internship Month

Cocurricular Internship month has various events that are targeted at assisting UC students in their cocurricular internhsip search.  Events include - on-campus interviewing for cocurricular internships, professional workshops, video taped mock interviews, resume critique sessions, and a virtual career fair.

Cocurricular Internship

Where can I find information on the cocurricular internships that are available through CDC?

Download the CDC Library Cocurricular Internship Bibliography in Word format

Cocurricular Internship Web Links

Career Fairs

Cocurricular Internship Action Plan

IDENTIFY THE EXPERIENCE YOU NEED

  • Type of employer
  • Location
  • For credit or non-credit
  • Part-time, full-time, or Summer

 

VISIT THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

  • Consider career-related part-time job
  • Review books on cocurricular internship opportunities
  • Register for cocurricular internship referrals
  • Review cocurricular internships for UC students listed on Recruit a 'Cat

 

PREPARE A GOOD RESUME

  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Leadership or volunteer activity

 

PREPARE A COVER LETTER OF INQUIRY

  • Tell why you are writing
  • Tell what you have to offer
  • Identify action you want to take

 

RESEARCH EMPLOYER CONTACTS AT CDC'S CAREER LIBRARY

  • Various publications
  • Current cocurricular internship listings

 

NETWORK FOR COCURRICULAR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Family and friends
  • Faculty and advisors
  • Student groups
  • Community organizations

 

FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR PLAN

  • Contact employers by phone
  • Watch for deadlines
  • Attend presentations and workshops
  • Read, read, read

 

For more information about cocurricular internships, or to make an appointment to discuss your internship search,
please contact Arthur Walton at 513-556-3471.