Work-Based Learning at Lake Michigan College gives you the opportunity to gain work-related experience by applying what you learn in the classroom to real-life situations. Local businesses are looking for motivated, responsible LMC students who would benefit from:
  • cooperative education (co-op)
  • internship
  • job shadowing opportunities

Read the step-by-step process to becoming eligible for work-based learning.
Fill out the Student Work-Based Learning Application to apply for a co-op, internship or job shadow position. For more information, call (269) 926-4293 or email workandlearn@lakemichigancollege.edu.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education (co-op) combines work experience with college instruction. This unique learning opportunity is designed to develop your skills and provide hands-on experience by combining classroom study with planned, supervised work experience. At Lake Michigan College, a co-op position can be paid or unpaid, and you will earn college credit.

Co-Op Criteria
  • 2.0 overall GPA
  • Must have completed at least 70% of overall coursework and 50% of major coursework for specific program of study
  • Must work a minimum of 150 hours/semester (LMC strongly recommends that students do not work more than 20 hours per week), or
  • Permission of Work-Based Learning Manager

Internships

An internship gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, build your resume, and network with local professionals in your chosen area of study. At Lake Michigan College, an internship can be paid or unpaid and you will not earn college credit.

Internship Criteria
  • 2.0 overall GPA
  • Must work a minimum of 30 hours total (LMC strongly recommends that students do not work more than 20 hours per week)
  • Position must span a period of at least two weeks, or
  • Permission of Work-Based Learning Manager

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is the perfect way for you to explore different career interests by accompanying or shadowing an experienced worker throughout a typical workday. You will gain a better understanding of what it is really like to work in that particular field. At Lake Michigan College, a job shadowing experience is short-term, unpaid, and does not lead to college credit.

Interested in working on-campus?

The Work Study Program is a federally and institutionally funded financial aid program that provides employment opportunities for students to work on campus, as well as various non-profit organizations in the community. Review the Work Study Handbook or call the Career and Transfer Center at (269) 927-6284 for more information.


EMPLOYMENT

Potential Employers

There are many benefits to working with the Lake Michigan College Work-Based Learning program.
  • A source of enthusiastic and motivated workers for part-time or short-term needs
  • An opportunity to pre-screen potential workers with no obligation to hire
  • An avenue for direct input into college education and training

Read more about the Employer Work-Based Learning process.