The O’Donnell Center for Professional Development provides the following offerings to inform students of available opportunities, prepare them to actively participate in the internship and/or CoOp search, and give appropriate support along the way; sessions are conducted by the Assistant Directors for Internships/CoOps:
Offered multiple times throughout the fall and spring semesters, this session is suggested for first-year and new students as an introduction to the various experiential education opportunities that are available through VSB and the University. Freshmen/sophomore-level leadership and externship programs, internships, CoOps, and opportunities for earning academic credit for participation in internships/CoOps are discussed. Pre-registration is not required. View a schedule of Internship/CoOp Basics Sessions.
Held weekly in Bartley 1063, this hands-on workshop is designed to be the first step that students take in starting their internship search. Conducted as small group sessions, students are provided with hands-on, personalized guidance and explore valuable resources including Hankshake, Linkedin, and NovaNetwork (alumni database). To register, contact the Clay Center, Bartley 1054; (610) 519-5532. Each student is required to bring a laptop.
Once students have attended an Internship Action Plan Workshop and started on the internship search, additional support is provided through individual appointments.
Students who are interested in completing an internship for academic credit and/or participating in one of VSB’s CoOp programs are required to schedule an individual appointment.
To schedule an appointment, contact the Clay Center, Bartley 1054; (610) 519-5532.
After accepting an academic internship or CoOp, students attend this mandatory workshop to prepare for their upcoming work experience. Students will review requirements and guidelines for receiving academic credit and prepare for the professional challenges they will face on the job, such as professional communication, networking, and appropriate use of downtime. Students who are completing an internship/CoOp for academic credit will be required to attend this session prior to the start of their experiential education experience.