A student’s co-op experience begins in the classroom and continues to resonate there long after students’ co-op job ends. Co-op is intertwined with students’ studies, beginning with a co-op course during freshman year.
Co-op students are assigned to a specific Co-op Faculty Coordinator. Coordinators work with students from their first year through their graduation year as a bridge between classroom studies and career goals, collaborating with faculty and co-op employers to match interests, talents and objectives to the most appropriate co-op positions.
In addition, Co-op Faculty Coordinators help students develop resumes, provide training to sharpen interviewing skills, and help facilitate the integration of an on-the-job experience with course work. As students’ academic and career interests evolve, their Co-op Faculty Coordinator will help to guide them toward co-op experiences that help achieve personal and career goals.
Reflection is a vital part of students’ co-op experience. When students return to the classroom from co-op, they will be expected to engage in reflection activities to help process their work experience.