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Co Op Internships

Do you need top talent from Kogod School of Business?

The Kogod Co-operative Education Program (Kogod Co-Op) was recently launched as part of the Kogod in Practice experiential learning initiative, and it provides practical, meaningful, long-term (4-12 months) paid internship experiences. Co-ops are available to all Kogod students - undergraduate, graduate, international, residential, and online - throughout their academic program. 

As a co-op employer partner, we will provide your qualifying job postings to a pool of students, who will then apply through your hiring system on your timeline. Our intention is for this program and these partnerships to create a pipeline for you to hire AU students and for our students to have access to meaningful, long-term internship opportunities.

To be considered a co-op, an internship must be 4-12 months long, must be paid (suggested $20-35 per hour), and must be 15-40 hours per week.  


Register to be a co-op partner


What is the Difference Between a Traditional Internship and Co-op Internship, and How Do Co-ops Benefit Employers?

  • Commitment – There is a commitment from AU to bring student talent to employers, a commitment from students to employers to provide their talent as a long-term part of the team, and a commitment from employers to hire AU talent. Students are even more committed to co-ops than traditional internships because they are receiving credit for their co-op and that experience will be on their transcript.
  • Program Structure - Students receive support and coaching from the employer, Kogod staff, and faculty. The applicant pool system makes it more likely for the employers’ job descriptions to be seen (i.e. not lost in the abyss of the internet), and employers receive a smaller number of applicants, making the hiring process easier.
  • Talent Pipeline – Because co-ops are long term (4-12 months) they allow for employers and students to get to know each other and determine whether it's a good fit. The hope is for co-ops to lead to a possible talent pipeline for employers.


Past Employers

Employer Industries

As our client list shows, KIP student consultants have worked in a broad range of industries:

•    Business consulting 
•    Education administration
•    Software development
•    Gourmet marketing/catering
•    Renewables manufacturing
•    Health care
•    Public accounting
•    IT consulting

And many more!


Co-Op Roles

KIP students have held many different positions during co-ops including:

•    Corporate strategy consultant
•    Business development analyst
•    Marketing strategist
•    Audit intern
•    Financial analyst
•    Impact investing intern

These are just some of the positions KIP students have successfully held with our employer partners! 


What students say

"KIP gets you into the right spaces with the right folks"

"I found it to be really engaging, a good way to put elements of what I’d learned in classes…to use solving business problems for this company. It makes a huge difference getting to see your impact day in and day out for the company outside of the classroom. You’re able to get on the ground, get some experience, meet some different people outside of the classroom, and try new things. KIP gets you into the right spaces with the right folks." -Steph Holziner, MBA '22


“I'll be presenting my work to partners, an executive team, and the department leads... [my supervisors have] been extremely helpful and supportive.  It's been really neat to see my work being directly implemented into their new strategy during the co-op.” -Katie Bauler, MBA '22


"This has been really fun—I've never done consulting before, and it really helped me to learn how to be a consultant while helping a company—it's a win-win—why would you not do this?" -Shiva Mirchandani, BSBA '22


What is the level of back-end work expected from co-op employers?

Two hours in total. A one hour initial meeting is held between the AU team and the co-op employer for the student's orientation. The employer also needs one hour at the end of the student's semester to complete the evaluation form so students can receive credit for their co-op. All the time the student is working is purely between the student and the employer, although AU is always ready to help as needed.

While the student is doing their co-op internship, the co-op employer will provide professional development through hands-on experience, skills development and regular feedback.

What is KIP's standard approach and process with an employer?

The following is a sample timeline illustrating how KIP co-ops are launched for a given Fall Semester. Exact dates are subject to change.

May 27-June 2: Co-op Pool Application is open

June 3-June 7:
Applications processed by KIP Staff

June 7:
Notify students about pool acceptance/rejection

By July 8:
Employers Extend Offers (suggested)

August 19: Fall Co-Ops begin

What are the prerequisites for a student to take part in a co-op?

Students must have an eligible number of credits remaining in their degree to participate, and their GPA is not considered during the process. International students must demonstrate their eligibility for the co-op program before being admitted, including any visa restrictions. Co-ops are intentionally inclusive, as we'd like our employers to be able to decide the kinds of talent that works best for their companies.

Does a co-op role need to be related to AU/Kogod School of Business academic programs? Are there any restrictions on the kinds of job roles a company can provide for a co-op?

There are no restrictions - a co-op job does not need to be related to Kogod's academic programs, since our students are open to and very interested in a wide range of industries and functions, and they bring a background of professional and personal experiences that can benefit all kinds of employer needs.

Can a co-op employer hire international students?

Employers are welcome to hire international students for any position. AU determines international student's eligibility (including any visa restrictions) for the co-op program before they are admitted.

Want to become a co-op employer partner? Submit a registration form today! Click here.

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