Internships & Co-Ops

The RBS Internship and Co-Op programs are open to students from the Newark and New Brunswick campuses, enrolled in appropriate departments within RBS.  The internship and co-op course is for academic general credit during the fall, spring, and summer sessions.  Students may receive both pay and academic credit, and the internship or co-op can be unpaid.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity to gain real world experience, for those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.  An internship is shorter in duration.

What is a Co-Op?

Co-Op or Cooperative Education is a structured method of integrating classroom learning with practical work experience related to your career goals.  A Co-Op is longer in duration.

Why should I participate?

  • Gain real work experience and explore career fields in a professional environment
  • Develop industry-specific and professional skills that can be presented on a résumé
  • Build professional networking contacts

Where can I find internships and co-ops?

  • Career Knight
  • Company Websites

What should I consider in pursuing an internship or co-op?

  • Consider your goals and the types of career options that you would like to explore
  • What specific organizations or companies would you like to target?
  • Where would you like to be geographically?
  • Is being paid a requirement?
  • How much time can I commit?

What are the requirements?

Internships Guidelines

  • Completion of sophomore year (60 credits attained)
  • GPA: 3.0
  • 20-25 hour per week schedule
  • Minimum 2 months and a maximum of 4 months (2-4 months)
  • Three (3) elective credits will be awarded. These credits may not be used to meet major requirements unless prior approval is received from the student’s major department    
  • Students can only register for an internship during the semester that he or she will be working. That is, a student who registers in the fall must work in the fall; register in the spring and work in the spring; and register in the summer and work in the summer   
  • Students who are gainfully employed either on a full or part time basis may not consider their employment for either an internship or Co-op program

Co-Op Education Guidelines

  • Completion of sophomore year (60 credits attained)
  • GPA: 3.0
  • 25-35 hour per week schedule
  • Minimum 4 months and a maximum of 6 months (4-6 months)
  • Six (6) elective credits will be awarded. These credits may not be used to meet major requirements unless prior approval is received from the student’s major department    
  • Students who are gainfully employed either on a full or part time basis may not consider their employment for either an internship or Co-op program

How can I apply?

  • Complete a Student Learning Contract (SLC) before the add/drop period for each semester (see the deadline due dates in the next section)  
    • The student and employer both complete and sign their respective sections (see sample SLC)  
    • Forward the completed SLC to Lisa Alexander at alexander@business.rutgers.edu  
    • Once approved by the RBS Undergraduate Office, a special permission number will be granted for class registration  
  • For Supply Chain Management students pursuing an SCM internship or Co-Op, kindly contact Professor Dan Klepacki at dkrut1@rci.rutgers.edu

What are the class assignments?

  • Monthly and final reports (each a maximum of 2 pages in length) are required. See the Student Learning Contract for specific instructions on writing the reports.
  • For report submission during FALL 2014: Please upload ALL reports on Black Board. The monthly reports are due October 1st and November 1st. The final report will be due on December 15th.

What are the deadlines?

The Student Learning Contract (SLC) must be completed and in our office (email or in-person) by 5:00pm on the internship and co-op deadline dates.

  • Fall 2014: September 8, 2014*
    • *Note:  September 8th deadline also applies to Supply Chain Management students. Kindly email the student contract to Professor Dan Klepacki at dkrut1@rci.rutgers.edu.
  • Spring 2015: TBD 

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply for an internship or co-op?

International students should consult with the International Office on campus to determine if their visa status qualifies them for pursuing an internship or co-op.   

For Supply Chain Management (SCM) students:

Supply Chain Management students pursuing an SCM internship or Co-Op, MUST contact Professor Dan Klepacki at dkrut1@rci.rutgers.edu.