Schools voted into this category require or encourage students to apply what they're learning in the classroom out in the real world – through closely supervised internships or practicums, or through cooperative education, in which a period of study typically alternates with one of work.

In spring 2013 we invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools to nominate up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of internships/co-ops. Colleges and universities that were mentioned most often are listed here, in alphabetical order.

Berea College

Berea, KY

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Elon University

Elon, NC

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

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