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Cooperative Internships

By Reverend Sharleece E. Bellagosi

Want to incorporate practical experience with education? Consider a Cooperative Internship. Sophomores and graduate students with at least 30 semester hours and a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible for a cooperative internship experience.

Cooperative Internships are available with community employers throughout the state of Georgia and the northern Florida area.

According to Carter, the Cooperative Internship program started as practice experience for engineers.

“The Cooperative Internship starts with an inquiry period to get to know the student and where they are intending to go,” Carla V. Carter, Cooperative Ed. Internship Coordinator, said. “We look at how you plan to get there and if your plan to reach your goal process is possible; if your goal process is not possible, we recommend other services on campus.”

Carter went on to stress the importance of good student experiences.

“ We accomplish this by allowing the student to see if what they learn in the classroom works in the work place, accessing whether the student likes the work and assessing whether the student wants to continue in the field,” Carter said.

The Co-op office offers courses such as COOP 1100 that by teach resume writing, goal writing, and job hunting skills.

To apply, take a resume to the Office of Cooperative Education located in Powell Hall room 1100 or a cooperative coordinator such as Ann Lacey or Ann Stone.

Students will then fill out a seeker form. The seeker form tells the cooperative coordinators who you are and where to place you based on your VSU major. When the student resume is complete, the student can register with the college central network. The college central network is a list of available employers who participate in the cooperative internship program.

Carter encouraged all VSU students to come to the Co-op office.

“Our office is open to every student at VSU through proactive experience,” she said.

To apply, take a resume to the Office of Cooperative Education located in Powell Hall room 1100 or the cooperative coordinator like Ann Lacey or Ann Stone within the cooperative office can help you prepare a resume. Interested student will fill out the seeker form. The seeker form tells the cooperative coordinators who you are and where to place you based on your VSU major. When the student resume is complete, the student can register with the college central network. The college central network is a list of available employers who participate in the cooperative internship program.
according to the VSU website http://www.valdosta.edu/career/documents/bigpicturefal08.pdf. Crystal Goode was unavailable for comment at press time.
The most recent job offerings this semester:

1. Local Office needing Administrative Assistant, $8.50 hr.,GPA 2.5 +, must be able to work 10 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, need to be able to answer multiple phone lines, greet clients, set up files, run some errands and copy and assemble forms. Must have transportation. All Business majors, Administrative & Technology, Speech Communication.
2. County Government Internships; some spring and most summer internships, Call to Come to Coop Office to view information and learn how to apply, all majors

3. Four (4) Summer internships with Corporation, gpa 3.5+,juniors & rising seniors, CIS, CS , Finance, and Accounting
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http://www.valdosta.edu/news/releases/coop.010312

For more information, contact:
Carla V. Carter Jordan
Cooperative Ed/Internship Coordinator

Ann E. Lacey
Coordinator

Ann T. Stone
Cooperative Education

At 229-333-7172 for an appointment
or
Go to Powell Hall Room 1100

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