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Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

Co-op & Internships


How can you get experience if you can't get a job? The Delta College ACE Program can help you gain valuable job experience while you're still taking classes; you can participate through a co-op, internship or both.

Academic Career Experience (ACE)

The Academic Career Experience, or ACE Program, at Delta College is an excellent example of a working partnership between employers and an educational institution. This integration of practical experience and academics results in a win-win situation for the employer, the student and the College. Delta has long recognized the value of practical work experience to strengthen college programs and enhance student education.

ACE will help you learn:

  • about the relationship between class at Delta and life after graduation
  • to develop the career competencies required beyond classroom knowledge
  • to understand the forces at play in the global market and the new economy, and their affect on the workplace, the workforce, and individual lives and careers
  • to make informed decisions about career goals
  • to find career opportunities related to personal and professional objectives to make a difference in the world through your work

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic program that allows students to connect academic knowledge with the business and professional world. Co-op expands learning experiences through paid employment in a supervised, educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study or career focus.  A co-op position is a one-year minimum commitment; fall and winter semester enrollment is required and academic credit will be awarded through related ACE courses. Co-op positions range from a minimum of 12 up to 40 hours of work a week; typically, students work 20-25 hours per week around their school schedule.  Positions are with businesses in our local community.

Benefits of Co-op:

  • Enables students to apply classroom theory to actual work situations.
  • Allows students to test out their interests and develop their long-range career plans and career goals.
  • Enhances the graduates’ marketability by providing on-the-job training.
  • Provides students with a source of financial aid to help defray their educational expenses.
  • Develops a student's overall maturity by strengthening resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-discipline, and sense of responsibility.
  • Develops human relations skills through interaction in career settings.

What is an Internship?

An internship, another academic program, is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. -The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Benefits of Internships:

  • Students gain exposure to real-world problems and issues that perhaps are not found in textbooks.
  • Cultivates adaptability and creativity in a dynamic world.
  • Increases marketability to employers.
  • Allows students to evaluate specific companies or specific careers prior to committing to full-time employment.
  • Provides for ease of transition from being a student to entering the workforce.
  • Increases opportunities within a company for faster advancement and growth.
  • Increases self-confidence in the workplace while developing an expanded network of associates and professionals.
  • Provides a résumé-building experience while applying academic concepts and principles.
  • Experience personal growth and exposure to different job opportunities.
  • Provides hands-on opportunities to work with equipment and technology that may not be available on campus.

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