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Internships, Externships and Co-ops

The Career Center at the University of South Carolina encourages students to gain experience through internships and co-ops, providing them with experiences that will aid in their career development.


Employers increasing seek candidates for full-time jobs who’ve had prior internship or co-op experience.

An internship is usually the length of a typical semester and may be eligible for class credit, depending on your academic department. 

Choose an internship related to your major or minor to get the most from it. Internships can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and are available to students of all majors.

The Career Center's Community Internship Program  connects students and employers through unique internship opportunities. Providing comprehensive training and ongoing support, CIP ensures that you are able to maximize your experience.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Another way to get hands-on experience is through Cooperative Education.  A co-op is available to students with at least 30 hours of coursework and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

While no academic credit is granted for a co-op, it is a paid, professional opportunity with the potential to advance your skills in your chosen industry. It usually lasts two to three semesters.  

Pathways to Professions

Pathways are typically day long visits to an employer facility to learn more about that organization and their career opportunities. These externships can consist of several components:

  • Facility tours
  • Welcome from organizational leadership
  • Overview of organization
  • Overview of employment opportunities (internships, co-ops and full-time positions)
  • Networking with employees (often USC alumni)
  • Job shadowing