Student may be placed with community partners and sites in a variety of ways. Some of the main ways that UM-Dearborn places students is through:
1) Paid Co-ops
2) Paid Internships
3) Unpaid Internships
5) Academic Service Learning
CO-OPS & INTERNSHIPS
Co-ops and internships are typically course-related experiences in which students are placed with participating employers in career-related, professional positions. The student earns course credit (2-10 credit hours), receives hourly pay from the employer (~$8-20/hour), and learns about a career for an entire semester.
What is the difference between co-op and internship? Co-op is often referred to as paid internship. Some faculty members in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL) offer placement in unpaid internships that are specific to a particular study major. Co-op can be related to a major, but it's also possible for a student to use this experience to explore a career. Co-op involves true employment, which means the organization makes an investment in the student and the student gets to make a real contribution to the organizationís work.
These are typically on-site supervised work experiences that may or may not result in course credit, depending on the program.
Campus Co-op and Internship Resources:
College of Arts, Sciences & Letters (CASL) Opportunities:
Key Contact: Patti Jones/Coordinator of Experiential Learning
Key Contact: Mike Callahan/Director
Key Contact: Tony DeLaRosa/Coordinator
The Federal Work-Study Program provides students with the opportunity to work on campus or at approved off-campus non-profit organizations while they attend college. The purpose of any work-study program is to help a student pay educational costs through employment. It is financial aid that is considered self-help. Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits at the undergraduate level) to be eligible. There are three restrictions for students employed through the Federal Work-Study Program:
Work-Study students may not work during scheduled class time, more than 8 hours on any given day or more than a total of 25 hours per week.
Key Contact: Mai Qazzaz/Student Career Advisor & Event Coordinator
Tel: # 313-593-5020 // Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACADEMIC SERVICE LEARNING (ASL)
As an innovative and rigorous teaching methodology, ASL courses require and utilize community-based activities as a means of enhancing academic learning. As such, students gain a deeper understanding of course content while engaging in the civic life of their community. Academic service learning courses are designed and guided by three essential criteria. They: 1) enhance academic learning; 2) provide relevant and meaningful service; and 3) engage in purposeful civic learning. ASL courses are designated as such in the course catalog.
Key Contact: Carla Vecchiola, Ph.D./Director of Civic Engagement Project
OMI is committed to assisting and facilitating mutually advantageous relationships between our students and work/career opportunities in the corporate and nonprofit arenas.