Johnson College has both a well-defined five (5) week spring Internship and also a Cooperative Education Experience. Both are planned learning processes that integrate technical studies with supervised work experiences. Students may be employed by industry, business, and government organizations for a specific period of time in positions related to their technical fields. Work assignments are in an environment that augments and enhances technical studies leading to an associate in science or associate in applied science degree. The Internship and Cooperative Education Experience blend theory and practice in partnership with the employer, the student, and the college. These are educational enrichment experiences.
Fundamentally, the goals of the two (2) experiences are identical. Johnson College’s Cooperative Education Experiences and Internships are designed to provide the student with responsibility on the job, commensurate with increased academic study, technical skills, and experience gained from previous semesters of classroom study and lab/shop work. Cooperative Education provides compensation to the participating student for 5 weeks or longer during the year while the Internship activity can be with or without compensation and occurs for five weeks in the spring semester.
In addition to the general objectives, the company supervisor and faculty advisor are to assist the student in developing a well-planned series of work objectives commensurate with the goals of the student’s educational experience and the needs of the employer. The student should, with the assistance of their faculty advisor and company supervisor, carefully review the job description, noting where he/she can gain new skills, increase knowledge, or improve skills or attitudes.
If you have further questions about our Internship or Cooperative Education Experience, please visit, or call the:
Roseann Martinetti, M.A.
Director of Career Services