Professional Practice Opportunity 

Professional Practice opportunities are either Internships, Field Placement, or Cooperative Education initiatives meant to help students learn and develop skills that will show the professional maturation needed for success.


Internships provide students with a practical work experience in the field they hope to enter upon graduation. Internships provide experience and many employers are looking for both education and experience when hiring. An internship experience allows students an opportunity to apply the knowledge, theories and skills acquired through their education.

Locating a site to intern with, The Career Development Office has information on sites to help students locate places to intern but also encourages students to seek out sites as well.

Registering for an internship
  • Meet with your academic advisor to see how an internship fits in your program
  • Contact The Career Development Office to review your resume and discuss site options
  • Obtain the Internship Handbook and Learning Contract
  • Send resume to desired sites
  • Upon offer of internship, complete and return Learning Contract to The Career Development Office.
Receiving Academic Credit

Students have the ability of registering and receiving academic credit for their internship. Credit is awarded in the ratio of one semester hour per every 50 hours worked on site, and may range from 2-6 credit hours with six being the maximum amount of internship credit that may be counted toward graduation requirements.

Requirement for receiving academic credit
  • Complete the Internship Contract and secure all required signatures
  • Request and meet with a faculty mentor to develop goals/learning objectives
  • Record the number of hours worked and submit weekly to faculty mentor
  • Evaluate the internship site, supervisor, and experience as a whole
  • Be evaluated by the sponsor and the faculty mentor
Qualifications for students

Students wishing to pursue an internship are required to meet all prerequisites, faculty consent and GPA as outlined in the course catalog. This is to ensure that the student is academically prepared to handle the demands of an internship.

  • Be enrolled in the University with degree or certificate seeking status for the duration of the internship.
  • Meet the academic requirements outlined in the course catalog
  • Have completed a significant amount of coursework to ensure academic preparedness
Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education takes advantage of the powerful learning opportunities that exist outside of the classroom in the working world. It provides students with practical work experience that helps them become stronger students and more valuable employees. Cooperative Education's unique partnership between Benedictine and employers creates a structured opportunity for top-performing students, resulting in higher quality learning and greater employability.

How it Works

As part of Cooperative Education, eligible full-time students spend several semesters working part-time for an employer in a field related to their area of study. At the same time, they complete the Cooperative Education curriculum, where their experience on-the-job is discussed, dissected, and evaluated in the classroom. The lessons of work and academics are perfect complements, and as a result, student performance improves in both areas.

Entrance Requirements
  • Full-time Benedictine University at Springfield student 
  • Junior standing  3.0 GPA or greater
  • Faculty recommendation 
  • Able to work up to 20 hours per week
  • Completed Cooperative Education application
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities on-campus is highly encouraged

Professional Practice Opportunities