The Career Centers are committed to assisting students, veterans, alumni and community members with making connections between their academic experience and career paths.  We provide career coaching, resources and programs to assist individuals with clarifying academic and career goals, developing a career plan, developing job search skills, and making career transitions.  Free services include, but not limited to in-person and virtual career coaching, skills and interest assessments, workshops, resume critiques and mock interviews. 

The Career Centers partner with employers throughout Northeast Ohio and alumni to optimize networking, job shadowing, internships, co-op’s and job opportunities while also creating strategic partnerships with internal/campus departments.  

The Career Centers are your resource for all experiential learning and career-related needs. 

 Visit www.tri-c.edu/careerservices for more information.

Internships/Experiential Learning

 Tri-C’s Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in your field of study prior to graduating.  By doing an internship, individuals will learn those skill-sets that employers value when hiring and a chance to learn more about the employer/industry you’re interested in.  Often, an internship can directly lead to a full or part-time job at your host company.  In addition, students will be able to build a network full of references from the company and individuals they work with.

Tri-C internships are non-credit.  To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a current Tri-C student studying for a degree or certificate in any discipline (excluding Health Care Programs)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Have completed 12 credit hours
  • Have completed at least two classes in your field of study

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and you will need to be able to work a minimum of 100 hours per semester.  In addition, attendance to Career Center workshops are recommended.

For more information regarding internships, contact the Career Center at 866-933-5180 or visit www.tri-c.edu/careerservices.

Cooperative Education/Experiential Learning

The Cooperative Education (co-op) program supplements formal classroom education with on-the-job experience in a variety of academic disciplines, typically within the time frame of an academic semester. Co-op assignments are at least 180 hours where students receive pay for the work they do, earn academic credit for documented learning derived from their experiences, and are evaluated by employers and the co-op instructor. Students may earn a maximum of nine credits for cooperative work experience, which may be applied toward certain degree requirements.

To participate in the Cooperative Education work experience program, students must:

  • Must be a current Tri-C student studying for a degree or certificate
  • Have completed 12 or more credits of college-level coursework (transfer credits included)
  • Have successfully completed at least two courses related to the major field or have equivalent experience (subject to the employer’s requirements)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Complete the co-op application and orientation process
  • Complete three job readiness workshops (Resumes That Get Results, Ace That Interview and Classroom to Career: Workplace Skills for Success)
  • Complete and sign an experiential learning agreement
  • Enroll in the designated co-op course sections by the start date

For more information regarding the Cooperative Education Program, contact the Career Center at 866-933-5180 or visit www.tri-c.edu/careerservices.