How Co-op Works

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.

The details:

  • The students in CAMD complete two six-month cooperative education experiences.
  • Students in CAMD complete one mandatory six-month cooperative education experience.
  • Graduate students also have the option to participate in the cooperative education program.

CAMD historically has had a successful coop placement rate of 98% for its students.

The benefits to students are easy to see:

  • A substantial number of new graduates who become employed full-time receive job offers from former co-op employers.
  • Students going on to graduate school have numerous work experiences, contacts and professional networks already established.

The Co-op Program offers students opportunities to:

  • Clarify short and long term personal, educational, and career goals.
  • Explore jobs in their chosen fields.
  • Integrate what is studied in classes with what is experienced when working.
  • Enhance understanding and appreciation for the “world at work.”
  • Develop job finding, job survival, and career advancement skills.
  • Strengthen their developing identities as professionals in their career choice, working with role models in their chosen field.

Learn more on the university co-op page.