What is Co-op?
Students studying behavioral neuroscience pursue many different career paths. The Cooperative Education (co-op) program allows students the ability to explore several career options by gaining practical experience working in the field. Semesters of academic study alternate with six-month periods of work experience. Students in a spring co-op rotation will work January – June and students in a fall co-op rotation will work July – December.
Co-op is not a requirement of the behavioral neuroscience program, however, the overwhelming majority of students elect to participate in co-op. Students participating in co-op receive experiential education credit and may participate in up to three co-op rotations.
All students interested in participating in co-op must complete and pass the one-credit Introduction to Professional Development course covering resume writing, career choices, job search skills, ethics, and professional etiquette.
An important part of the co-op experience is reflection. Students will complete four reflection activities throughout their co-op experience. These activities allow students to look back on their growth and development and utilize that information to determine its impact on their career and academic plans.
Students are supported throughout the co-op process by a dedicated co-op coordinator. A student’s co-op coordinator is assigned based on the student’s last name. A student with a last name beginning with A-K is assigned to Michelle Israel and a student with a last name beginning with L-Z is assigned to Lisa Tison-Thomas.
Co-op cordinators instruct the Introduction to Professional Development course to help prepare students for all job related activities. In addition, the reflection activities will be facilitated by the co-op coordinators. All employer partner relationships are managed by co-op coordinators and new opportunities are continuously being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an employer partner, please contact one of our co-op coordinators; Michelle Israel or Lisa Tison-Thomas.
For more information about co-op within the College of Science, visit the COS website.