As the global founder of cooperative education, UC outpaces national rivals on performance indicators that are very important to students and their families — specifically UC’s national No. 3 ranking for co-ops and internships, outranking schools like MIT, Duke and Stanford. Among public universities, UC is No. 1 for co-ops and internships in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. UC students earn a collective $75 million annually working for about 1,300 international employers via their co-op work placements, alternating academic semesters with professional, paid work directly tied to their majors.
UC has maintained its commitment to co-op and experiential learning during the pandemic. Even before recent events, UC had founded the Remote Work Center a year ago, anticipating and tapping into trends related to an online work environment.
“Even before the pandemic, we recognized and anticipated that work needs would increasingly rely on virtual or hybrid semi-virtual environments,” says Gisela Escoe, dean, Division of Experience-based Learning and Career Education. “That foresight is allowing us to quickly expand capacity on a foundation that already existed. And we expect that progression will continue even after current events pass.”
When the pandemic hit, UC started working with employers to determine ways students could continue to work safely or continue to co-op remotely. As a result, UC is still seeing a high percent placement rate for its co-op students.