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 Contact Info / Hours
Career Services Manager: Charlotte Quigley
Phone: 732.906.2595
Fax: 732.906.4268
Email: career-services@middlesexcc.edu
Location: West Hall, 2nd Floor Hours
M - F: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Evening appointments Mon & Thurs until 6:30pm
Academic Calendar:
MCC's Academic Calendar

 Contact Info / Hours
Career Services Manager: Charlotte Quigley
Phone: 732.906.2595
Fax: 732.906.4268
Email: career-services@middlesexcc.edu
Location: West Hall, 2nd Floor Hours
M - F: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Evening appointments Mon & Thurs until 6:30pm
Academic Calendar:
MCC's Academic Calendar

Cooperative Education, Internships, and Volunteering

Cooperative EducationCooperative Education
The co-op/field experience program is a unique form of education that integrates classroom study with mostly paid, planned and supervised work experience in the public and private sectors. Your work experience supplements your classroom learning with practical workplace skills as you participate in the reality of the world of work, thereby increasing your self-confidence, career direction and understanding of your chosen profession. Each co-op/field experience course has two components: Work Experience and Seminar Class. Learn more below:

Each co-op/field experience course has two (2) components:

Work experience : (minimum of 180 hours over the course of the semester) in a job related to your major
  • If you already have a job related to your career, you may be able to use your existing job for Co-op credit. Contact us to find out.
  • If you don’t have a job, we can help you find a job or internship. Please contact us several weeks before the semester begins so we have time to help you search. Placement is not guaranteed.
  • We can offer help with resume writing and interview skills.
  • You must have an approved job before you can register for a co-op/field experience class.
  • The duration of the job is for one semester only. Neither you nor the employer is committed beyond the end of the term, although a number of co-op employers do hire their students on a permanent basis.
  • Registration for classes requires a signature from Counseling & Career Services and/or your department chair, therefore registration cannot be completed online.
Seminar class : 
  • Meets on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm  to discuss work-related professional development topics.
  • Topics include customer service, diversity in the workplace, conflict resolution and team-building skills.
  • Students develop five work-related learning objectives which they complete during the semester.  Each student submits a portfolio which documents their cooperative education experience.
  • Be a matriculated student in the curriculum that corresponds to the Co-op class for which you would like to register
  • Meet with one of the Career Services staff and file an application for the program
  • Be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 grade point average
  • Have completed the necessary prerequisite courses or have received permission to enroll in the course from your department's chairperson
Before you can register for a co-op class, your registration must be stamped & approved. Career Services has paperwork for you to complete verifying that you have been offered an internship, co-op or position that will allow you to apply the skills you have learned in the classroom out on the job.  Make an appointment to meet with Career Services by calling 732-906-2595.
Co-op Course Prerequisite Course
Accounting ACC 208 ACC 102 and Accounting Department Approval
Graphic Design AGD 222 Senior Status in AGD Option
Art ART 208 Art Department Approval
Business BUS 239 BUS 210 + permission of BAM Department Chairperson
Chemistry CHM 226 CHM 219 and either CHM 201 or 223
Communications COM 208 COM 105
Corrections COR 280 COR 201 or COR 207
Computer Science CSC 205 Completed all courses in 1st year CIS or Network Administration
CSC 206 CSC 205 (not run thru Career Services-must meet with CS Department)
Education EDU 280 not run thru Career Services-meet with Education Department
Journalism ENG 214 ENG 205 or 235 or BUS 205
Fashion Merchandizing FMR 206 Senior status in program and BAM Chairperson approval
Hotel Restaurant HRI 204 HRI 101, 103 and 208
Management MGT 208 MGT 210
Marketing MKT 209 MKT 201
Paralegal PLS 208 Senior status in Paralegal Studies and Paralegal Department Approval
Photography PCP 222 Senior Status in Photography Option
Psychology PSY 260 PSY 123 (can be used by CJ majors as an elective - see CJ Department)
Small Business Mgt SBM 240 Senior Status
Theater THE 208 THE 145
Employer Responsibilities:
  • To assist the student with the development of five job related learning objectives
  • To provide a minimum of 180 hours of work during the semester (approximately 13 hours/week)
  • To allow site visits by a Career Services staff member
  • To complete a mid-semester progress report
  • To rate the learning objectives at the end of the semester
Employer Advantages:
  • A great way to bring in talented students to contribute to the organization with work, ideas and new energy
  • Provides an effective, low risk evaluation and training ground for prospective full-time employees
  • Oppportunity to participate in and influence the educational process
  • Greater average retention rates among permanent employees recruited and hired through co-op programs
  • Upon the student's graduation, you have an opportunity to hire a full-time, prescreened employee who fits your needs and is already familiar with the needs of your organization
Below are selected Co-op forms available for download in PDF format.
File File Type
Co-op Work Experience Agreement Form pdficon
Co-op Timesheet pdficon
Co-op Employer Information Form pdficon
Co - op Application Form pdficon

What is the Difference Between Co-op and Internships?

Both co-op and internships are forms of on-the-job learning that provide students with the opportunity to gain experience, apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations, and acquire key skills required to enter into a particular career field. Students can use these experiences to determine if they have an interest in a particular career and to create a network of contacts.

Internship:

  • Is a type of temporary job or position. Employers sometimes offer permanent jobs to successful interns, however that is not always the case … but it’s still a good idea to approach the internship as if every day is a job interview!
  • Depending on the internship, it can be part of a formal program hosted by an employer or organization that includes other formal professional development workshops, conferences or opportunities to network.
  • Often the employer sets the entry requirements for the internship in terms of years of education completed or major field of study.
  • Application deadlines can be approximately 6 months before the start of the internship.
  • It is more often full-time for the semester but it can be part-time, and is often paid.

Co-Op:

  • Is a category of experiential learning that uses jobs, internships or volunteer work as the basis of extending classroom learning into hands-on application in a real-world setting.
  • Is offered as a course in your major for which you register once you have obtained an actual approved position.
  • Students earn academic credit at MCC for the field experience, and the co-op is completed during one semester.
  • Your co-op field experience can be your current position provided that it 1) is relevant to your major, 2) gives you the opportunity to do more than the job you are already being paid to do, and 3) is approved by the chairperson of your academic department as appropriate.
  • You can also use an internship position as your co-op field experience provided it meets all of the requirements explained above and allows you to attend the bi-weekly seminar class.
  • Some opportunities are rotational, offering the opportunity to gain experience across multiple functions.
  • Students and the supervisor at the site develop learning objectives against which the student’s performance is evaluated as part of the co-op course grade.
  • It can be full-time or part-time but must provide a minimum of 180 hours of field experience within the semester.

Internship Opportunities

Take a look at the companies linked below – there are many great opportunities available!

Statetheatrenj.org
JerseyIntern.com lists intern opportunities throughout the state. You can post your resume there, too, so employers can find you.
CollegeRecruiter.com: Internships, career research and much more


Volunteer Opportunities

Democracy House at MCC
Democracy House is our award-winning Center for Civic Engagement. Diverse groups of students are united and work together to address the unmet needs of the local community by tutoring homeless children, feeding the hungry, restoring local rivers, completing community based research projects for local nonprofits, organizing local youth to identify and complete their own neighborhood improvement projects — and much more. Most students receive an hourly stipend and a college scholarship for their commitment and desire to learn and serve their community. Click here to learn more or become a member.

United Way of Central Jersey
This is a volunteer matching platform that connects individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community. Register to create a volunteer profile and then search for opportunities in your area.

Project SPAN Mentoring Program
Specially recruited, screened and trained mentors work with "at-risk" families referred by the Division of Child Protection & Permanency.