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JobLink is the CCPD’s online recruiting & job posting system.



The calendar of events includes employer information sessions, interview dates and workshop information. In order to best prepare for these programs and show employers your interest, please RSVP for the events through JobLink.

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Cooperative Education at Rensselaer
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* Application Timeline

18 Months Prior

  • Research institutions and programs of interest.
  • Investigate national scholarships.
  • Register and prepare for appropriate graduate entrance exams.
  • Ask people for suggestions of good programs.

15 Months Prior

  • Take the required graduate entrance exams.
  • Obtain application materials.
  • Note application deadlines and admission policies.
  • Check to see if you need to register for a national application service (some schools use these to streamline application process).

One Year Prior

  • Obtain letters of recommendation. Write thank you notes to each person who writes a letter for you.
  • Mail completed applications.
  • Take (or re-take) graduate entrance exams if you haven’t already.

Six Months Prior

  • Check with all schools prior to their deadlines to make sure your file has been received and is complete.
  • Visit all schools that accept you.
  • Apply for financial aid and assistantships.
  • Send a deposit to the school of your choice.
  • Contact the people who wrote your recommendations to inform them of your progress and choice.
  • Notify other schools that accepted you.
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