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Cooperative Education and Internship Program 318 Math Sciences Building • Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0159 • • Phone: 419-372-2451 • Fax: 419-372-2805 On a daily basis, the Career Center works with students who are seeking co-op or internship opportunities. A co-op is defined as a two-term work experience with the same employer, and an internship is defined as a single term work experience. These positions can be compensated or volunteer, full-time or part-time, and with local, regional, national, or international employers. Our Cooperative Education and Internship Program supports the BGSU Vision of aspiring to be a premier learning community by providing access to quality work assignments fostering the following student learning outcomes: » To gain practical experience while applying classroom learning at the workplace; » To experience personal and professional growth. PERCENTAGE OF REPORTED CO­OPS AND INTERNSHIPS COMPLETED BY CLASS STANDING Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011

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» During the academic year, 381 student co-op or internship experiences were recorded. » The average hourly wage across all majors and geographic regions was $17.13, ranging from $7.25 to $27.00. » Students completed internships/co-ops in 21 states and Washington, D.C. The largest concentration of work assignments was in Ohio, in more than 56 cities across the state. Four students engaged in internship assignments outside of the United States. » More than 184 employers in 58 different industries hired BGSU co-op and intern students, and these students were enrolled in more than 48 academic majors.

» To enhance professional skills;

First-Year - 8% Sophomore - 14% Junior - 35% Senior - 41% Graduate Student - 2%

2010­2011 STATISTICS



AVERAGE INTERN HOURLY PAY RATES BY MAJOR/SPECIALIZATION Accounting___________________________________________ $14.20 Apparel Merchandising & Product Development _____ $10.13 Computer Science ___________________________________$15.44 Event Planning _______________________________________ $8.13 Finance_______________________________________________$12.08 Graphic Design _______________________________________$8.50 Interior Design _______________________________________ $9.13 Interpersonal Communication/Communication _____ $11.56 Management Information Systems ________________$16.06 Marketing____________________________________________ $13.28 Public Relations ______________________________________$8.00 Sport Management ___________________________________$8.00 Supply Chain Management _________________________$14.40

Quotes from Students I was given the opportunity to work independently, in most “situations, as a public relations specialist. I wrote multiple press releases that were published, I pitched stories to local media, and I got to work with organizations... ” — public relations major This internship experience has developed me as a professional “because it has improved my ability to take on projects and finish them successfully. This position has pushed me to improve my communication, leadership, and writing skills. ” — supply chain management major learned things that I think can only be taught in the “workI have environment. I have learned many communication skills that will help me in the future. — finance major ”

Co-op and Internship Success Sandra Lehsten, a visual communication technology major, won the 2010 Co-op/ Internship Student of the Year award and scholarship for her internship at BGSU Office of Service Learning.


Cooperative Education and Internship Program National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2011 Internship and Co-op Survey Summary Experiential education plays a key role in the overall college recruiting process as demonstrated by the following highlights from the survey. » The top two most effective recruiting activities for interns and co-op students are “high touch”: on-campus recruiting and career fairs. » Employers reported converting 57.7% of interns and 55.5% of co-op students into full-time employees. » Hires from intern/co-op programs had higher retention rates as compared to hires without internship/co-op experience. » After the first year on the job, 75.8% of hires from the company’s internship/co-op program were retained in comparison to the 60.7% of hires without internship/ co-op experience. » After five years on the job, 55.1% of hires from the company’s internship/co-op program were retained in comparison to the 44.0% of hires without internship/ co-op experience. National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. For more information on the job search, see NACE’s Job Web site at

A Sample of BGSU Cooperative Education and Internship Employers » Andersons, Inc. » Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC » Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce » Cedar Fair, LP - Cedar Point » Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) » Cleveland Clinic » Columbus Blue Jackets & Destroyers » Cooper Tire & Rubber Company » Dana Holding Corporation » Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. » Eaton Corporation » Emerson Network Power/ Liebert Corporation » Ernst & Young LLP » Ford Motor Company » Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler, Ltd.

» Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company » Honda of America Mfg., Inc. » John Deere » Kaman’s Art Shoppes » Kiewit Corporation » La-Z-Boy Incorporated » Marathon Petroleum Company LP » National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA » Ohio House of Representatives » Penske Truck Leasing » Schindler Elevator Corporation » State of Ohio - Office of the Auditor » Target Corporation

STUDENT LEARNING The majority of students surveyed agreed they achieved the identified learning outcomes. Identify strengths ______________________________________ 99.3% Develop ability to work with supervisors & co-worker__ 99.3% Develop professional skills ____________________________ 98.6% Improve verbal communication skills ________________ 98.6% Gain self-confidence ___________________________________98.0% Identify opportunities for growth ______________________97.3% Gain practical experience ______________________________97.3% Network with staff at various positions ______________ 95.9% Gain knowledge related to major/discipline/field____ 95.2% Clarify career goals ____________________________________ 95.2% Stimulate interest in on-going professional development ____________________________________________ 95.2%

EMPLOYER EVALUATION The majority of employers rated students as excellent/ good in their current performance. Ethical behavior ___________________________________________ 99.1% Cooperation _______________________________________________98.2% Attitude toward job and organization ___________________98.2% Ability to work effectively on teams _____________________ 97.1% Performance_______________________________________________96.4% Flexibility __________________________________________________96.4% Responsibility _____________________________________________96.4% Quality of work accomplished____________________________96.4% Open to feedback __________________________________________ 96.3% Organizational skills _____________________________________ 95.5% Initiative ___________________________________________________ 95.5% Quantity of work accomplished __________________________95.5%


Quotes from Employers I think the Career Center’s program is a valuable tool to “teach someone about the job they want to do before they 2008 CO-OP AND INTERN actually get into the field to do it. ” STUDENT-OF-THE-YEAR This is a good program creating great opportunities for the “ Stansfield, students. Ashley received the 2008 Award for her work as an intern” with Bella Brie. “ Great ”students, I always have good experiences with BG students. been extremely impressed by your department. We “ I have have worked with other school… None of the other schools are even in the same class. ”

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