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What is the major difference between picking the 2 options. I usually look for an intern since it doesn’t clash with the semester.. Why would one choose to do a Co-op instead?AlizabethParticipant
I’ve done both a Co-Op and and Internship, and I truly preferred the Co-Op. I was really able to get a lot of work done and improve my skills immensely during my Co-Op. During my Internship I did get to work on many projects, but I felt like the shorter amount of time prevented me from wrapping my projects up. I think that companies really value a Co-Op experience on a resume when looking to hire on full time, since it shows you really committed to a company and that you’ll have ample work projects and experience to talk about.Lauren PierothParticipant
I have personally never done a co-op, but I know many people who have and have seen a lot of value in it. I think that as a co-op, you have the chance to get more in depth into projects because you have so much more time. It is really important to have impactful work experience to talk about in interviews, and I think that the length of a co-op lends itself well to that. With that being said, I have only interned and I still found those experiences to be very valuable. I don’t think that it limits you to only intern and not co-op, but I think co-op’s provide really great additional experience.Alexander WistromParticipant
Like other have said, the main difference between an internship and co-op is the length of work. Co-ops usually take place over the fall/spring semester, and so when compared to summer work its around 1+ month of work more. Co-ops are great for working on larger projects as you would have more time then on an internship.Dhivya UmachandranParticipant
While I have never done a co-op, I think it is a better learning experience than an internship. Due to the length of the assignment, you get the chance to ease into work, learn about the company, build a network, and make some solid accomplishments in terms of the projects you have completed. Internships are shorter, meaning that if you are assigned to a larger project, you may not finish it in time.