Student Professional Development Center

Internships/Co-ops/Individualized Learning

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand
- Confucius

"How to find an Internship" Workshop Series 

The Internship, Co-op, and Individualized Learning programs are part of the Elon University General Studies Program which promotes experiential learning by requiring that students complete an Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) before graduation.

ELR Mission Statement

The Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) prepares students for lives of meaningful work and service.  By engaging students in opportunities that integrate knowledge and experience, the ELR fosters an understanding and life-long appreciation for learning.  Students engage in a process that includes preparation, action, and reflection to develop the habits of mind required to learn effectively from experience and the commitment to put knowledge into action as socially responsible global citizens.  The ELR can be met through internships/co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research, service-learning, leadership, individualized learning, or other courses with ELR designation.

What is an internship?

An internship is a carefully monitored work experience that relates to the student’s academic curriculum and/or career goals and earns academic credit for a grade.  It is an educational strategy that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with work-based learning in a professional setting.  It is an academic endeavor that is planned with intentional learning goals, careful observation, and structured critical reflection about the phenomena being studied.  It is required of business and communications majors and offered by almost all other majors, can be part-time or full-time, and can be paid or unpaid. It is noted on both the academic and co-curricular transcripts. It enhances academic knowledge, personal development, and professional preparation. Eighty-nine percent of 2011 graduates reported completing an internship during their college career. Students have completed internships in a wide variety of places, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, The White House, IBM, National Geographic, US State Department, Walt Disney World, MTV, the major television networks and more.

How do I find an internship?

Utilize the Elon Job Network and our team of career services professionals to make contacts, find internships, and more! 

What is a Co-op?

Co-op stands for Cooperative Education and is similar to an internship at Elon.  The co-op program follows the same policies as those in the internship program and is operated by The Office of Career Services staff.  Co-ops earn elective credit, not major or minor credits.

What is Individualized Learning?

Individualized learning is a carefully monitored work or service experience that relates to the student’s academic curriculum and/or career goals but does not carry academic credit.  It satisfies the ELR and is customized for students.  It is similar to a one-credit internship in terms of assignments and time spent on the job. A minimum of 40 hours of work on-site is required.    Examples of individualized experiences for students include off campus work experiences, teaching assistant positions, and on campus experiences.

Learn more about Individualized Learning

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Junior or senior standing (sophomores in co-ops with special permission)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of departmental prerequisites
  • Approval of Faculty Sponsor/Experiential Education Director/Advisor