There are several different types of internships including paid, unpaid/volunteer, and cooperative education (also known as co-op or for-credit). Employers determine whether or not they are able to pay their interns; however, they must abide by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act. More information about these standards can be on the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Undergraduate UMGC students may be eligible to obtain credit for internships. These opportunities are often called cooperative education, or co-ops, and can also be referred to as internships, externships, and temporary or part-time jobs.
Career Services does not oversee for-credit internships or co-ops. These are coordinated by the Workplace Learning Program. To determine if you are eligible for a co-op, review the application process and deadlines in Workplace Learning. Although many co-op or Workplace Learning internships are unpaid, students are eligible to receive compensation when completing these experiences.