Academic internship/cooperative education courses are unique opportunities for "hands-on" job experience with directed academic learning. Through internships students weave opportunities for working and learning together. The program features cooperation between the university and an extensive number of employers in the Puget Sound community, though a student may participate in an academic internship experience anywhere in the country. Internships and co-op opportunities are posted on the Career Connections Opportunities Board. Students may develop their own internships or co-op experiences that are approved by the appropriate academic parties.
Students gain an appreciation of the relationship between theory and application, and may learn firsthand about new developments in a particular field. An academic internship experience enables students to become aware of the changing dimensions of work. It is a key component in PLU's fabric of investigative learning.