Cooperative Education

Through Cooperative Education, Benedictine is blending the resources of the academic world and the business community to create students who are truly prepared for life.

Academic Achievement. Professional Practice.

Professional Practice Opportunities

At Benedictine, our commitment to providing enriching work opportunities for our students includes a broad range of options. Click here to download this chart in PDF.

Cooperative Education
Work Experience
Practica Field
Placements
Internships Graduate Student Project Job
Shadowing
Definition Structured work experience for undergraduate students, in parallel with cooperative education course work, over a period of multiple terms typically with one employer. Curriculum-related observations and experiences for undergraduate students who are exploring career options in pre-professional health studies. Curriculum-related observations and experiences for students in education and the social sciences. Curriculum-related observations and experiences for students in business, history and the arts. Project-based research and problem solving for employers, provided by BenU-Springfield graduate students. Short-term observations for undergraduate students who are exploring career options in many fields of study
Degree Areas All Biology, Health Sciences, (Health care pre-professional) Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Theology Biology, Communications, Health Sciences, Business, History, Writing and Publishing Management of Science in Management and Organization Behavior All
Paid? Always No No Not Usually No No
Academic Credit? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
When to Apply Sophomore year Junior Year (Sept 15 for Spring; February 15 for Fall) Semester Prior to Work Semester Prior to Work Anytime Anytime
Associated Courses
(Faculty Mentor Required)
COED 301 Interdisciplinary Seminar on Contemporary Issues.

COED 390 Problem Solving Strategy and Workplace Portfolio I

COED 391 Problem Solving Strategy and Workplace Portfolio II
HLSC 300 Practicum Experience - Veterinary Medicine.

HLSC 301 Practicum Experience -Medicine.

HLSC 302 Practicum Experience - Dentistry.

HLSC 303 Practicum Experience - Occupational Therapy.
HLSC 305 Practicum Experience – Podiatry

HLSC 307 Practicum Experience - Physical Therapy.

HLSC 309 Practicum Experience - Optometry.

HLSC 310 Practicum Experience - Chiropractic.
CJUS 390 Criminal Justice Field Placement.

EDUC 370 Student Teaching Elementary and Middle School.

EDUC 200 Preclinical Experience.

EDUC 316 Preclinical Experience - Elementary Mathematics.

EDUC 321 Preclinical Experience: Reading. PSYC 397 Psychology Field Placement.

SOCL 397 Sociology Field Placement
BIOL 397 Internship

CHEM 393 Internship

COMM 297 Internship

FINA 397 Internship

HIST 397 Internship

HLSC 390 Internship

MGT 297 Internship

MGT 397 Internship

MKTG 297 Internship

MKTG 397 Internship
MGMT 690 Independent Study/Management Internship None
Requirements Full-time Benedictine University at Springfield student.

Junior standing.
3.0 GPA or greater.

Faculty recommendation

Able to work 20 hours per week.

Completed Application.

Division Consent
Junior Standing

Acceptance of application

3.2 GPA

30 hours completed at Benedictine University at Springfield.
Junior /Senior Standing

Faculty Consent
Education: successful completion of the Test of Academic Ability (TAP), and a GPA OF 2.75. For student teaching, an additional requirement of successful completion of the ContentTest.
Faculty Consent

Others, varying by program
Graduate Faculty Consent Faculty Consent
Work profile Up to three semesters, up to 20 hours per week, each semester 1 semester; 75 hours of observation; 2 credit hours 2-12 credit hours Varies: 1 credit for each 50 hours worked; maximum of 6 credit hours. Varies Varies
How to Apply Apply on-line. Formal application to Director of Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs Non-education students, meet with the Career Development Office Coordinator Meet with the Career Development Office Coordinator Contact graduate instructor. Meet with the Career Development Office Coordinator
Contact Brad Warren, MBA SPHR,
Executive Director of Cooperative Education;
bwarren@ben.edu;
217-525-1420, ext. 3573
Todd Lafrenz, PhD.,
Division Chair of Natural and Computational Sciences;
tlafrenz@ben.edu 217-525-1420, ext. 3561
Adonis Fuller,
Career Development Coordinator;
afuller@ben.edu; 217-525-1420, ext.3212
Adonis Fuller,
Career Development Coordinator;
afuller@ben.edu; 217-525-1420, ext.3212
Jan Kirby, PhD.,
Associate Dean, Graduate/Adult Programs;
jkirby@ben.edu; 217-525-1420, ext. 3519
Adonis Fuller,
Career Development Coordinator;
afuller@ben.edu; 217-525-1420, ext.3212

Bradley J. Warren

Executive Director, Office of Cooperative Education
217-525-1420 ext. 3573
bwarren@ben.edu

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