Co-ops & Internships

Real-world experience is at the heart of a Clarkson education. In fact, Clarkson University students are required to complete a professional experience before they graduate. The Career Center has the resources to help you find an internship (semester or summer) or co-op that fits your interests and career goals.

What is a Co-op?

A co-op, short for "cooperative education," is a paid position with a company for a full academic semester and often the summer. Students on co-op do not usually take classes during their time away from campus. Co-ops offer several advantages over internships. Since co-ops are longer than most internships, you can take on greater responsibilities and get a better real-world feel for the job. Many companies use co-ops as a six-month "interview" for a full-time position after graduation.

What is an Internship?

An internship is another great way to get an inside look at a future career. It is a summer-only position that usually lasts between eight and 12 weeks. Responsibilities vary greatly with each company, but you’ll leave with real-world experience and a solid reference on your resume.

Clarkson career outcomes


Welcome to the Career Center and International Studies Office! We understand that you will have many questions surrounding co-ops, internships and full-time opportunities. We at the Career Center take an active approach through our case management model to assist students in obtaining their career-related goals.

The entire career process, from determining an academic major to managing a job search, is often an overwhelming process for students and parents. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our office with questions and/or concerns, and we look forward to sharing Career Center initiatives with you.

Below are two guides that provide information for parents and students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 315-268-6477. We look forward to working with your Clarkson University student!

Parents' Guide to Clarkson

Freshman Guide to Clarkson

Career Center Information

2019 Professional Experience

As a student service, the Career Center bridges student and employer connections through job postings on Handshake, Career Fairs and campus interviewing. Over 2200 students last year used our resources!

During the academic year, we have 150+ Career Fair attendees each Spring, 190+ Career Fair Attendees every fall, and over 100 interview schedules on campus throughout the semester outside of Career Fair. 

The Career Center encourages students to connect as early as possible to begin setting yourself up for success. We offer pre-first year programs and early support because early experience leads to long-term success. 

Our data shows internships and co-ops positively impact placement rates and average starting salaries. As shown in the chart, 87% of students graduating in 2019 participated in the internship or co-op program!