Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP) Policies
- Any student regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status is eligible.
- Any undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing enrolled in a degree program is eligible.
- Any academic major is eligible.
- Guest student eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis.
- Eligibility for students on academic warning or probation will be determined on a case by case basis.
- International students are required to receive eligibility clearance prior to enrollment. The Career Center will work with the Center for International Programs to collect this information. If you have further questions, please contact the Center for International Programs at 419-372-2247.
Is It Possible To Be Ineligible For a Co-op or Internship Position?
- All cooperative education and internship positions are competitive. Participation in the program does NOT guarantee placement.
- Students who have been suspended from the University are not eligible to participate in the program.
- Students who have graduated, are not attending BGSU, or are not guest students of the university are ineligible to participate in the program.
Costs and Academic Credit
- All services of the Cooperative Education & Internship Program are FREE.
- Students receive academic recognition for their Co-op and Internship experiences through a notation (CO-OP 050) placed on their transcript. This transcript notation is for zero credit hours, graded S/U (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory), and maintains the “full-time” status of the student by University policy.
- Academic credit is not required by the Cooperative Education & Internship Program and cannot be awarded by the Cooperative Education & Internship Program.
- Students who wish to receive academic credit must contact their academic department for departmental policies regarding academic credit for co-op/internship assignments.
- Students agree to pay all applicable University fees if they ultimately receive academic credit from their department.
In order to receive a satisfactory (S) grade for the CO-OP 050 transcript notation for an internship or co-op the following requirements must be met:
- The internship or co-op position must be related to a student’s major, minor, specialization, focus, or career interest.
- The student must work a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks during a semester.
- Students who do not meet these requirements may receive an unsatisfactory (U) grade.
Students who wish to participate in the Cooperative Education & Internship Program agree to:
- Update their resume and profile information in the online job database (WorkNet) each semester.
- Read the Cooperative Education and Internship Program Policies, Guidelines and Agreements.
- Notify the CEIP office IMMEDIATELY if a co-op or internship position related to their major is accepted and complete all necessary paperwork. Positions may be obtained through the Cooperative Education & Internship Program, a job & internship fair, the Internet, academic department, and/or networking, etc.
- Sign a Liability Waiver/Credential Release form.
- Complete and sign a Student Letter of Agreement.
- Attend a CEIP professional orientation session before their first assignment.
- Perform all assigned co-op/internship duties to the best of their ability; satisfactorily meet all requirements of the employer and the Cooperative Education & Internship program, abide by the rules, regulations and policies of the employer and the university while out on assignment.
- Be supervised at the work site by the employer and have the right to not working in a hazardous environment.
- Have automobile liability insurance if driving an automobile during the work assignment.
- Acquire professional liability insurance through Bowling Green State University if so desired or if the work supervisor requests said insurance.
- Complete and return the CEIP Student Assessment form provided by the Cooperative Education & Internship Program at the end of each assignment.
- Notify the Cooperative Education & Internship Program IMMEDIATELY of any change in employment or academic status during the assignment.
Students registered with the Cooperative Education & Internship Program agree to:
- Accept an interview appointment with only those companies/agencies where there is a serious interest.
- Honor all interview commitments. Student may cancel an interview for any reason up to five working days prior to the actual interview date. After that time, cancellations are acceptable in the event of personal injury/illness, a family emergency, or upon acceptance of an offer of employment.
- Discontinue interviewing when they have accepted an internship or co-op assignment.
Interview Cancellation and No-Show Policy
Due to the professional nature of on-campus interviews, the following policy is enforced when a candidate fails to show up for a scheduled interview.
If you fail to attend your schedule interview(s):
- You will be notified via e-mail of your absence.
- Your WorkNet account will be deactivated immediately (no access to job postings, resume referrals, and on-campus interviews).
- To reactivate your account, contact the Career Center at 419-372-2356 to schedule an appointment with a Career Center consultant.
The Career Center reserves the right to modify the terms and enforcement of this Policy at any time.
Internships or co-ops are a required part of some degree programs and an optional part of other degree programs. In situations where the number of internships or co-ops is not determined by the program, students may undertake multiple internships or co-ops, but no more than three within the last 30 credit hours of the degree program. Students will not be permitted to participate in the internship program beyond one semester after completing all the degree requirements even if they have not graduated from BGSU. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the dean of the college.