Looking for more reasons to go on co-op? Check out RIT student Alice Watts: currently on co-op with Ford Motors in Michigan, Alice won the company “intern raffle” to meet and greet with CEO Alan Mulally.
The RIT cooperative education program is often sold as an opportunity to “test out” your major and gain work experience in your field. In addition to those great facets of the program, going on co-op changes the way you look at your major, choose courses, and eventually how you conduct your employment search post-graduation.
Being a co-op student also gives you great insight to the company and its culture. In my rotations, employers have always gone above and beyond to squeeze the students into unique opportunities. This quarter I am working on a project that does not necessarily require me to wander very far from my cubical…. But my supervisor has gone above and beyond to get me out of the office to see my product in action and to the assembly line to see my product in production.
I have always found the co-op experience to be more then "the engineering" - it truly is an opportunity to check out a company before you graduate. So, tag along to the production line, or introduce yourself to the CEO - it's three months to make an impression!