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The B.S. degree program emphasizes development of strong career skills by requiring that students have cooperative experience between their 2nd and 4th years of course work.

The co-op experience can involve many kinds of psychology-related employment. This provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in such settings as a research laboratory, industry, or a clinic.

The co-op experience is a non-credit bearing, full-time, paid employment position directly related to your field of study. Occasionally students work in unpaid positions to fulfill a co-op requirement. These co-op equivalents are handled differently and must be approved in advance. For more information about co-op equivalents, please see the descriptions of Co-ops vs Equivalents. All co-ops (and equivalents) MUST be approved by Dr. Andrew Herbert (Department Chair) or Dr. Lindsay Schenkel.

Students Starting at RIT Prior to Fall 2012

If you started your coursework at RIT prior to Fall 2012 you are required to complete two co-ops. Each co-op consists of a minimum of 350 hours (ex. 35 hrs/wk x 10 weeks). The two co-ops do not have be consecutive. Students may remain with the same organization or choose different positions in different semesters.

Students Starting at RIT Fall 2012 & After

If you started your career at RIT Fall 2012 or after you are required to complete one semester of co-op.

For resources to assist you with your job search, resume writing and interviewing techniques, please contact:

RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623-5603
Office phone: 585.475.2301, 585.475.6905 (TTY)