Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between co-ops and internships?

Co-ops are more formal and provide work experience that directly supports curriculum learned in the program. Co-ops can be paid or unpaid.

WHAT PROGRAMS REQUIRE A CO-OP?

Accounting A.A.S.
Automotive Technology A.A.S.
Computer Information Systems A.A.S.
Entrepreneurial and Applied Business Studies A.A.S.
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning - HVAC A.A.S.
Hospitality A.A.S.
Interior Design A.A.S.
Office Technology A.A.S.
Sport Management A.S.

What is the definition of an Internship?

Internships are more exploratory and a good way to develop a hands-on understanding of various careers. Students must have completed 20 credits with a minimum of 2.0 GPA. A good candidate for an internship is someone who is interested in a specific career field. Internships are often unpaid.

Can I complete a co-op or internship in my first year?

Generally, Co-ops must be completed in the student's final semester. An exception is automotive technology. Hospitality students may complete a Co-op in their third semester by permission of the department but the fourth semester is preferred.

How many work hours are required?

135 work hours are required for an Internship.

113 work hours are required for EBL 101.
180 work hours are required for a Co-op.
Work experience must be in conjunction with a class seminar.

If I am interested in pursuing either a co-op or an internship, what is my first step?

First, you need an updated resume before you begin the process of pursuing a Co-op or Internship. If you already have one, begin updating it.  If you do not have one, start drafting one and seek guidance and suggestions. Once you are comfortable with your resume, call 292-2248 and be ready to provide your name, student number, program of study, phone number and whether you are seeking a Co-op for your program or are interested in exploring an Internship.

What if I don't have an updated resume?

If you need assistance, contact Career Services (building 3-108) at 292-2248 for information on how to assist you with resume writing.

What are some tips to consider when beginning searching for a co-op or internship?

First, the process can be time consuming (particularly in this economy). Begin your search early.

  • Search using MCC's Purple Briefcase
  • Faculty in your own discipline are a great reference
  • Friends and/or acquaintances in your field of interest
  • Consider where you'd desire to work if an internship blossomed into something long-term later on
  • Web (Google "Rochester, NY jobs")

If you've tried all these approaches, keep track of where you have tried and contact a Career Services Counselor for assistance with your search.

Can I earn credit through an internship?

Internships can sometimes be formalized. This option is particularly ideal for a student in good academic standing who still needs some elective credit.  EBL 101, Experience Based Learning might be appropriate. 

If the student has no available elective credit, there remains significant value in pursuing an internship for purpose of establishing a working relationship and positive chemistry with a future employer.  In a competitive environment, experience and networking are immeasurable factors.

Is the process different if I am interested in the Disney College Internship Program?

Yes, the Disney Internship is administered differently and you don't need a resume to begin the application process. Since 1982, MCC has had hundreds of students participate in this truly unique Living, Learning and Earning work-study internship away from home.

Selected students have the option to participate in the Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in Anaheim, California for either four or six months, in either fall or spring, while attending Disney taught courses.

Interested students must apply on-line at www.disneycollegeprogram.com but are encouraged to contact Career Services at 292-2248 for details about the program before applying.