Experimental Education Programs
Experiential education programs are designed to give students hands-on work experience related to their majors. Participation provides an opportunity to link the theory and practice of the discipline. Research shows that students who intern or co-op generally have greater success in finding their first jobs after graduation and earn higher starting salaries. The Internship/ Co-op Program and Business Scholars Co-op Program are the experiential education program options for students.
Internships and co-ops are available throughout the year (most are taken during the fall or spring semesters) and range from three to six months. Students generally participate during their junior or senior years. Internships may be full time or part time, paid or non-paid. They count as free electives and not as major courses. Students earn three credits for internships and co-ops. As with other courses, they must be rostered prior to the end of the first week of the semester. Co-ops and full-time internships are up to six months long. They are paid positions. A student taking a co-op or full-time internship may graduate in four years by following the model roster on the following page. (For additional information, see Page 17). Part-time internships are one semester long and generally are non-paid. The student ordinarily carries a full academic schedule along with the parttime internship. Up to three co-ops or internships may be taken over the course of a student’s years at La Salle. Contact the Associate Director for Experiential Education in the Career Planning Office at 215.951.1075 for more information.
BUSINESS SCHOLARS CO-OP PROGRAM
The highly selective Business Scholars Co-op Program (BSCP) was designed to meet the academic and introductory work experience needs of achievement-oriented, academically talented students. Similar to traditional applied-learning programs, the BSCP prepares students through classroom theory, provides career exploration counseling, develops professional skills through workshops, and enables students to gain practical work experience for successful job placement upon graduation. BSCP students graduate in just four years because of the accelerated curriculum (See model roster on page 121).
Students selected for the Business Scholars Co-op Program have proven themselves as highly motivated academic achievers and have demonstrated themselves as leaders both in and out of the classroom. Students generally possess the following:
- An SAT score of 1200 or higher on the Critical Reading and Mathematics section or an ACT score of 27
- A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
- A ranking in the first quintile of their high school graduating class
- Strong leadership qualities
- A high level of co-curricular activities
The candidate application process may include an interview with members of the BSCP’s Selection Committee.
Co-ops complete multiple work assignments during which they are paid competitive wages by employers and receive academic credit for each of the two assignments. The first work assignment is four months long and occurs during the summer after sophomore year. The second work assignment is six to eight months long and occurs either during the spring of junior year and the following summer (Schedule A) or during the summer before senior year and the fall of senior year (Schedule B). Students follow Schedule A or B depending on the scheduling needs of the students and companies.
Students are matched with employers according to their career objectives, academic achievements, work experience, relevant activities and accomplishments, and the employers’ needs.
The chart on the following page outlines the academic and work phases of the program.
For more information, contact Penelope Grob, Director. La Salle University School of Business
1900 W. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141