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.
It's more than an internship. 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. We like to think of it as an "internship 2.0."
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.
To create the unique imprint of a Benedictine University of Springfield graduate: one who receives industry-related employment experience in the field of their major prior to graduation, entering the working world prepared to make a valuable difference.
To build learning partnerships among students, faculty, and employers that create engagement, expand relationships and inspire stewardship.