Co-op is an educational opportunity in which you alternate semesters of academic study with 4-8 months of full-time employment in a position related to your field of study. Co-op offers real world experience and helps build skills and areas of expertise that complement the academic curriculum. The experiential component of your degree will help you:
- Gain skills and experience that make them sought after employees;
- Explore jobs in the public and private sectors;
- Clarify short and long term professional, academic, and personal goals;
- Integrate classroom and workplace learning; and
- Develop relationships with mentors and peers.
Co-op assignments, which are found with the help of your Math Co-op Faculty Coordinator are a valuable work experience prior to graduation. Not only does the “hands-on” work experiences provide great learning opportunities but they also offer valuable networking contacts and references for later employment.
Typically, the co-op will be four to eight months in length, depending on the requirements of the employment site. The co-op occurs sometime after the first two semesters of coursework and will allow for experiential learning engagement not found in the classroom. Students who choose to participate will enroll in Introduction to Co-op, a non-credit mandatory course, which prepares students for job searching.
What Students Are Saying:
“The co-op program provided a platform to gain valuable work experience, and gave me the opportunity to work with people using math in exciting ways beyond academia.”
Aditi Vyas, Data Analyst, Sonde Health
“I am currently doing a co-op with Fidelity Investments. It is an extraordinary experience to learn and apply mathematical skills into the real world rather than with academics only. The fantastic program (co-op in applied mathematics) is the way to transform the abstract mathematical knowledge to the different actual projects which increase the interests with math.”
Ruo Yang, Consumer Analytics and Insights Co-op Program, Fidelity Investments
“The co-op experience made my MSOR program more colorful as well as is the stepping stone to my future career life.”
Xiaofan Liu, Pension Analyst, Towers Watson
“Co-op is the best way to gain real world experiences off campus! Also a great way to discover the industry and find your real interest before going to the real world.”
Hua Zhao, Sales Analyst, Gryphon Networks
“I encountered new problems every day, learned new theories and practiced new models in every project. Working in industry is not the same thing as doing course projects at school. You have to learn things fast and keep pace with the development of new techniques.”
Liu Li, Data Modeling, Custom Portfolios
“In order to be a strong candidate for co-op I recommend preparing a challenging and skillful project experience if you don’t have much professional experience and keep an attitude and willingness to learn.”
Shaokang Du, Data Scientist, Omni Claim