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The best way to learn and explore is by doing, and an internship is a great way to gain work experiences and build your resume. An internship is a form of experiential learning that allows you to integrate what you learn in class with practical skill development in a professional setting. Getting out in the world to interact with new people and experience new work environments is an excellent way to "try out" different careers and will help make you a stronger candidate for jobs after graduation.
Networking and Informational Interviews
Field experience, co-ops, internships, practicums, externships – everyone uses the words in different ways. Whatever they are called, they give you the chance to test out work environments and gain experience. Participating in field experiences while at UMass is one of the best ways to prepare for your career.
The difference between Internships and Co-ops at UMass Amherst
An internship is a position in an organization that provides you with a professional-level training experience. Internships happen year-round, they may be paid or unpaid, for credit or not. Credited internships require a faculty sponsor to determine the applicable number of credits.
A co-op is a four to nine-month position related to your major, for which you are working at least 20 hours per week and earning at least minimum wage. During a fall or spring co-op, you will set school aside for a period of time, yet maintain your status as an enrolled UMass Amherst student without paying tuition. When you complete the co-op, after Central Career Services receive the evaluations and you have logged your hours, co-op recognition can appear on your transcript.
To register a credited internship or a co-op, go to Central Career Services, 512 Goodell, call 413-545-2224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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