Professional Practice opportunities are either Internships, Field Placement, or Cooperative Education initiatives meant to help students learn and develop skills that will show the professional maturation needed for success.
Internships provide students with a practical work experience in the field they hope to enter upon graduation. Internships provide experience and many employers are looking for both education and experience when hiring. An internship experience allows students an opportunity to apply the knowledge, theories and skills acquired through their education.
Locating a site to intern with, The Career Development Office has information on sites to help students locate places to intern but also encourages students to seek out sites as well.
Students have the ability of registering and receiving academic credit for their internship. Credit is awarded in the ratio of one semester hour per every 50 hours worked on site, and may range from 2-6 credit hours with six being the maximum amount of internship credit that may be counted toward graduation requirements.
Students wishing to pursue an internship are required to meet all prerequisites, faculty consent and GPA as outlined in the course catalog. This is to ensure that the student is academically prepared to handle the demands of an internship.
Cooperative Education takes advantage of the powerful learning opportunities that exist outside of the classroom in the working world. It provides students with practical work experience that helps them become stronger students and more valuable employees. Cooperative Education's unique partnership between Benedictine and employers creates a structured opportunity for top-performing students, resulting in higher quality learning and greater employability.
As part of Cooperative Education, eligible full-time students spend several semesters working part-time for an employer in a field related to their area of study. At the same time, they complete the Cooperative Education curriculum, where their experience on-the-job is discussed, dissected, and evaluated in the classroom. The lessons of work and academics are perfect complements, and as a result, student performance improves in both areas.