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MS, Communication & Media Technology | BFA, '07
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Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

Ashley Hennigan on Friday, 25 July 2008. Posted in Co-op, Institute Requirements

    There is a lot to love about RIT, but one part of the RIT experience seems to stand out for most students and that is the RIT Co-Op or Cooperative Education program. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term co-op, a co-op is essentially a job. Most people are more familiar with the term "internship", but where internships are typically unpaid, part-time job placements, all co-op positions at RIT are FULL TIME, PAID, job placements in your feild of study or area of career interest.







RIT has the forth oldest and one of the largest co-op programs in the world. The Institute partners with companies not only in the Rochester area, but across the country and abroad. About 80% of RIT students will participate in the Co-Op Program. Depending on the major you enroll in, your department may require your to participate in co-op before you are able to graduate.

    There is a chart that I think is a great reference. It explains which majors will co-op, how many co-op placements will be required, and the aveage salaries that students are earning when they are out on co-op.




Experience That Pays

If you enroll in a co-op program at RIT, you will have between six and 15 months of paid work experience completed by the time you graduate. You will have worked for as many as five different employers in locations across the country. Whether you work in a large industrial laboratory, a world-renowned medical facility or a software development firm in your hometown, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re looking for in your career after graduation. You can also sample the lifestyles found in different parts of the United States (or the world) while you explore career opportunities through co-op. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to choose the place and position that are right for you.

RIT co-op also gives you the chance to test what you’ve learned in the classroom in real-world situations. When you’re in a lab testing a new theory in quantum physics, reading a textbook on cognitive psychology or computing net present value in a finance problem, you may wonder how your studies fit your future career. Our co-op program gives you a chance to find out. If you’re like many RIT students, understanding how theoretical knowledge is actually used in the work place will give you the incentive you need to work harder when you come back to campus for your academic quarters.

While you’re working on co-op, you’ll meet other professionals in your field. You’ll be able to consult with them on professional issues and talk with them about your goals. These professional contacts can help you identify job openings in your field and get you started on the road to your lifetime career goals.

Co-op also helps you pay for your college education. At RIT, no tuition is charged for the quarters you are employed as a co-op student. Instead, your employer will pay you a full-time salary. Last year, RIT co-op students earned more than $20 million. Refer to our salary data to find out how much you can expect to earn through co-op. You’ll find that your co-op earnings can go a long way toward helping you finance your RIT education.

Comments (4)

  • pfng


    06 June 2009 at 07:53 |
    No co-op found in school of film?
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    08 June 2009 at 09:17 |
    The co-op program is not required for all majors but is an option for every student. Due to the nature of our film program (which is extremely hands-on) some students may opt to gain experience through on campus projects. Other students will opt for internships rather than co-ops because these are more popular in the film industry. Overall- just because your degree program does not require co-op it does not mean that you can't do it!
  • pfng


    19 June 2009 at 04:41 |
    Thank you. Can you tell more information about the school of film in RIT? Faculty or network on future career? % of graduate continue their MFA or working ? The graduation rate in this degreein these few years? How hard for one who has no experience in film production to catch up with the class?...... Any information is anticipated .
  • wangshi


    08 July 2009 at 21:33 |
    thanks!i WANT to get it!

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