Co-op Student Information

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Co-op Duration per major:

Engineering:      2 x 10 weeks + 2 x 15 weeks    (total of 50 weeks)

Business:          2 x 8 weeks                               (total of 16 weeks)

Computing:      2 x 12 weeks                             (total of 24 weeks)

Typical steps for co-op placement: Download Guide

  1. Students need to start planning their co-op and their course progress in advance. The Academic advisors will help you on that and they will confirm that you are on good academic standing and eligible for co-op.
  2. Students are requested and encouraged to find and apply for a co-op position. The co-op office will not apply on their behalf. The office will provide all the support needed in order to make this application as successful as possible. 
  3. Once a job description is received, the student needs to submit it to his/her faculty advisor. The faculty member will approve the job position or ask for modifications. 
  4. Once the position is approved, the student should notify the company and submit the approved job description and the contract to the co-op office for registration.
  5. After the co-op is completed, the student must submit his/her evaluation for the co-op company and the program. The student is also requested to submit his supervisor’s evaluation for his/ her performance during the co-op. RIT-D has the right to contact the employer directly for feedback.


It is required from Co-op position is relevant to your field of study. 

Ideally the co-op program should be spent in 2-3 different companies to ensure diverse experience. Exceptions can be made for students who remain in one company but go through different departments and/or roles. In this case, different job descriptions must be submitted for approval.

Co-op Prerequisites per Major

Mechanical Engineering:

Students must be in good academic standing. 

Course pre-requisites:

  • MECE 110-Thermodynamics I
  • MECE 203, MECE 204- Strength of Materials I and Lab
  • EGEN 99: Co-Op prep course

Electrical Engineering

Students must be in good academic standing. EE students can start their first co-op as early as the summer of Year 2.

Course pre-requisites:

The students must successfully finish the following courses before starting the first co-op:

  • EEEE 105: EE Practicum
  • EEEE 120: Digital Systems I
  • EEEE 220: Digital Systems II
  • EEEE 281: Circuits I
  • EEEE 282: Circuits II
  • EEEE 260: Semiconductor Devices (Desired but not required)
  • EGEN 99: Co-Op prep course

Computing & Information Technologies / Networking and Systems Administration 

Students must be in good academic standing

  • Minimum of 49 unit hours towards your baccalaureate degree.
  • Minimum of 26 unit hours of Networking and System Administration core courses.
  • Course pre-requisites:
    • ISTE101: Computational Problem Solving II
    • NSSA242: Networking II
    • NSSA220: Intro to Scripting
    • NSSA221: Systems Administration I
    • ISTE 99: Co-Op prep course

Computing Security (InfoSec)

Students must be in good academic standing

  • Minimum of 49 unit hours towards your baccalaureate degree.
  • Minimum of 26 unit hours of Computing Security core courses.
  • Course pre-requisites:
    • CSEC 101: Fundamentals of Computing Security 
    • CSCI 243: The Mechanics of Programming 
    • Math 182: Project Based Calculus II
    • NSSA 220: Intro to Scripting
    • NSSA 241: Networking I
    • CSCI 250: Concepts of Computer Systems
    • ISTE 230: Intro to database and data modelling
    • CSEC 99: Co-Op prep course 


Students must be in good academic standing.

First co-op can start as early as the end of Year 2.

Course prerequisite: MGMT 035: Co-Op prep course