ADVANTAGES TO A PROPERLY STRUCTURED INTERNSHIP Internships and co-op programs have many advantages for students for many years. A properly structured program can prove to be a win-win situation. As a participant in such a program a student can expect to:  Gain practical experience in your chosen career field  Receive college credit toward your graduation requirements  In a few circumstances earn money for tuition and other expenses  Have the opportunity to form decisions about job compatibility  Acquire work experience to list on your résumé  Establish valuable contacts for letters of reference  Gain confidence in your abilities