Welcome to your information source for Cooperative Education, or “co-op”. It’s a college program that integrates your classroom studies with paid, productive, real-life work experience in a related field.
How the Co-op program benefits YOU:
Enhances your classroom learning by integrating academic curriculum and real-world work experience.
Confirms or redirects your career decision-making through on-the-job experience in a chosen field.
Enhances the affordability of your education through employer-paid wages. This is a means of financial assistance that is available to all students.
Improves job opportunities after graduation by giving you valuable work experience and contact with potential future employers.
Puts into practice valuable job-search skills such as career assessment, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
“Completing a Co-op has countless benefits that students may not know about. After working two different internships early in my college career, I decided to pursue a Co-op with UTC Aerospace Systems for the first semester of my Junior year. Simply put, it was the best decision I could have made. The five-month time frame, in comparison to 8-10 weeks for an internship, allowed me to work on multiple projects and gain invaluable project management experience. In addition to improving the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired at RPI, I built an extensive network that includes managers, directors, and executives. I would recommend a Co-op for all students looking to strengthen their skills as well as increase their chances of landing a job upon graduation.”
~ Matthew J. McGivern
B.S. Business & Management, Class of 2014
UTC Aerospace Systems, Windsor Locks, CT
Co-op Questions?Call us at (518) 276-6234, M-F, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. (EST)