Work experience for international students in the USA and Canada

Many degree programs in the USA and Canada include the opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand work experience. This allows you to apply what you've learned in class to real-world situations.

If you take part in a cooperative (co-op) education program or internship alongside your degree, your resume will really stand out when employers are choosing who to hire. This is also a great way to find out whether the career you think you want is right for you by trying it.

How do internships work?

All of Study Group’s partner universities offer internship opportunities. Some internships count as credit towards your degree. Internships usually involve close supervision by practicing professionals, are unpaid, and last for a set period. Internships commonly take place in the summer session.

How does cooperative (co-op) education work?

Our partner, Long Island University offer cooperative (co-op) education programs. Work becomes an integral part of your degree. Co-op education gives you the opportunity to earn academic credit while getting paid to do a job related to your studies.

Compare Co-ops and Internships


Cooperative Education 


Pay Yes, you earn money Usually unpaid
Structure Placements alternate with academic semesters Alongside academic study
Academic credit Yes, co-op education is a major part of your program You may or may not earn academic credit
Length Multiple periods - usually at least three semesters - increases overall length of degree program A single period of work, usually in the summer
Organization Formally supervised by university teaching staff Less formal, often found by the student
Commitment Full-time Part-time or full-time