Cooperative Education Program FAQs – Employers

Q. When will students be available for recruitment during the year?

A. TCI operates on a trimester system and a new cohort of interns will be available at the beginning of each semester: January, May, and September.


Q. When are students available to work?

A. Interns are available during the semester while they are taking classes. We encourage our interns to take night classes where possible in order to allow them maximum availability for their internship.


Q. How long do internships last?

A. Typically an internship will last the duration of one semester (approximately 4 months) depending on when the student is hired. It is possible to retain a student for a two semester-long internship based on mutual interest and availability.


Q. How many hours per week are interns required to work?

A. Interns are required to work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week at their internship. Most students work approximately 15 hours and can work more based upon mutual agreement.


Q. Do internships have to be paid?

A. Compensation is left to the employer’s discretion. If positions are unpaid, employers must abide by US Department of Labor’s guidelines governing the employment of unpaid interns. 

USDOL Guidelines


Q. What majors are taught at TCI from which I can recruit interns?

A. TCI has three divisions and a total of 14 majors from which we draw our pool of interns. They are as follows:

Division of Business and Legal Studies

  • Accounting Systems Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Security Services and Management Technology

Division of Engineering and Facilities Technologies

  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Facilities Management Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology
  • Industrial Electronics Technology in Computer Technology
  • Industrial Electronics Technology in Computer and Networking Technology
  • Industrial Electronics Technology in Electronic Security Systems
  • Industrial Electronics Technology in Railway Electronic Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Industrial Electronics Technology in Networking Technology

Division of Arts and Sciences

  • Digital Media Arts

Division of Health Science & Technology

  • Health Information Technology
  • Human Services

Q. Are the interns screened prior to being sent on interviews?

A. Yes, the Program Manager screen all eligible applicants prior to accepting them into the program. Interns are also provided training on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and more...


Q. How do I begin working with interns from TCI?

A. You should contact the Program Manager for further details0 and to submit your formal request for interns. Kate Rothaus can be reached at:; 212.594.4000 ext. 4421


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