We also offer options for students to do academic internships through our Cooperative Education office. More details can be found at the Cooperative Education page (above).
The AZCIS career exploration and information system is available for free to all of our students. Do you need to:
AZCIS is an online program that can be used on campus or from home, and it’s free to students! To get started, see your Advising office or go to the AZCIS website and students can log in with User Name: cochisecc/Password: 2viewazcis.
Do you want to explore your work personality? Not every person is right for every job, and not every job is right for every person. Personality — those characteristics, traits and preferences that make people who they are — is a major factor in determining which occupations suit them best. In fact, individuals who follow career paths that match their personalities are more likely to be both satisfied and successful.
A basic tool offered for exploring and deciding on a career is the RIASEC at WORK survey which introduces the RIASEC personality theory. You will learn how the tasks and work environments of jobs match your personality type and which jobs are a better fit for you. This simple paper assessment (with companion video) is based on the theory developed by John Holland and discusses the six career personality types (RIASEC).
For more in-depth, individualized exploration, the Strong Interest Inventory (video) is available for a small fee, which also is based the work of John Holland and E.K. Strong. Students will work one-on-one with a certified Strong Practitioner to review the Strong results. For more information on this excellent career assessment tool, please see the Advising office on your campus or contact Joanne Darbee in the Cooperative Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 515-5357/417-4713 for a referral.
In addition, you also can set up an appointment with one of our student development counselors to discuss options in your chosen profession. Depending on your individual needs, we offer these additional resources for career assistance and exploration:
Other great resources you can access are:
Check out the Career Education Facebook page for updates and current information on career and college major exploration, along with academic internship (co-op) opportunities. You can also review our What Can I Do With This Major? page on the college website.
The Cooperative Education (co-op) Program provides opportunities for students to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to your educational and occupational goals. You can earn college credit for working part-time in areas directly related to your program of study. Your program of study may require a co-op field experience, or you may elect to do a co-op to document related work experience on your college transcript.
There are many benefits to doing a field experience. Students really love this “hands-on” method of learning, which lets them build their career skills and and confidence. In addition, many employers now see having a co-op or academic internship on a resume as necessary entry-level work experience before hiring a new college graduate. The following videos discuss some of those benefits, which are applicable to any field or major: How Co-op Benefits Students video (YouTube), Preparing Now for Life After College (mp4 video, website).
For more information, contact the cooperative education coordinator at email@example.com or click on the links below.
You can elect to earn from one to six credits per semester with a discounted tuition rate. In order for registration to be accepted, it is recommended that you consult with the program coordinator to enroll. It is helpful to have a recommendation from a faculty member, for example: Faculty Reference Letter (PDF).
Like Career and Coop on Facebook for updates and current information on cooperative education and internship topics.
If you are an employer or a prospective work sponsor interested in a co-op student, you may wish to review some useful information about best practices (PDF) (pages 5-8) related to your role, as well as recommendations from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) website.
The Cochise College Cooperative Education program supports the CAS (Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) principals for best practices (website, PDF) in internship/co-op programs.
Great internships can be found right here in Cochise County. Give some thought to what companies and agencies you are familiar with and which ones might complement your major. Often, a human resources director can give you information on whether their company has a formal internship program and the appropriate person to contact within their organization.
For information about current local internship opportunities, call (520) 515-5357. Keep in mind that for most internship or co-op placements, students will need to have completed some coursework in their chosen major and be able to obtain a reference from a Cochise College instructor in order to qualify for participation in program. Students earn college credit for these internships; some are paid positions.
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The Community Service program is an off-campus work-study program where students are paid to work at qualified public agencies throughout the community. Students work as literacy tutors in local elementary schools, helping students with reading, writing, and/or math. Although the program is open to all majors, it is a particularly good opportunity for Education majors to gain experience in the classroom while also receiving college credit. Co-op credit is always helpful, as it documents this internship on a student’s college transcript. Internship experience is looked upon favorably by future employers as well by university admissions departments.
Students working in the Community Service program are paid from federal work-study funds and must meet with the program coordinator to determine if they are eligible to receive funding from this program. As with the on-campus work-study program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and must be enrolled in a minimum of six units for the semester in which they participate in the program. For more information on the Community Service program, please contact the Cooperative Education coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
All students attending a Hispanic serving academic institution like Cochise College are eligible to apply. To learn more, visit HACU website. Most of these internships are with federal agencies located throughout the United States. Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer periods with the summer being the most competitive.
Student Conservation Association
If you have an interest in the environment or your major centers around the sciences or agriculture one of the best internship programs is with the Student Conservation Association website. These conservation internships are available throughout the year in diverse environmental areas including wildlife management, environmental education, technology, earth sciences and even art/design and planning!
Career & Cooperative Education Coordinator
(520) 515-5357 or (520) 417-4713
Sierra Vista: Student Union, Room 1067
Douglas: Building 600, Room 610-B
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