Co-op exposes the student to the real world of work and to career options. It not only promotes a sense of independence and professional maturity but also increases opportunities for career positions following graduation. These are just some of the advantages of the co-op program.
- Students alternate terms of full-time work experience with full-time classes, graduating with substantial experience on their resume.
- Along with providing career-related experience, students also earn a salary while on co-op, which can assist in offsetting college expenses.
- Co-op is formally integrated into the curriculum of many programs, allowing for a smooth transition from academic terms to co-op terms.
- Students are prepared for co-op through a classroom course focusing on resume writing and interview skills as well as career planning.
- Each student is assigned a co-op faculty member who acts as a resource throughout the program, acts as a liaison between the student and employers, and also assists in identifying learning objectives and accomplishments from the experience.
- Students in mandatory co-op programs have the exciting opportunity to participate in the International Co-op Program.