About Our Office
The RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services is driven by a simple mission: to provide effective, high-quality services to RIT students and alumni, empowering and supporting them in the achievement of their experiential learning, career and employment goals. The Office is committed to outstanding customer service, effective use of state-of-the-art technology and the creative and effective use of human and fiscal resources.
Information just for our students and alumni can be found through the main student/alumni page. Building and maintaining relationships with employers is a critical part of our success. Information for employers can be found on our employer portal page.
Program Coordinators in our office support specific academic departments and are available to meet on a one-to-one basis with students and alumni on career and employment matters. These sessions are critical to developing individual job search plans and addressing the many questions and issues that arise during the job search process. Call our office at 585.475.2301 to make an appointment. Please make arrangements through https://myaccess.rit.edu/ for interpreting services. RIT deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students may want to work with the staff of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in addition to the program coordinators in our office. The NTID Center on Employment can provide additional information on programs and services for those students.
We work hard to maintain and expand our working relationships with employers in order to create co-op job opportunities and to list job openings for our graduating students and alumni. These opportunities are accessible through Job Zone, our web-based jobs database system.
Cooperative education (co-op) is the most extensive and intensive of RIT’s experiential education opportunities. Co-op is full-time, paid work experience directly related to your course of study and career interests. Many academic programs require co-op while others make it an option. Other RIT academic programs feature internship and other work opportunities consistent with industry and business interests and needs. We not only work hard to prepare students for this experience, but we also put a great deal of effort into generating opportunities and nurturing connections with employers.
Our office sponsors two major fairs and a number of specialized career fairs throughout the year. These are free and open to RIT students and alumni only.
Our staff prepares co-op and graduating students for their job search through courses, workshops and orientations. Topics include: finding a co-op position, job search strategies, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, dress for success, use of social media, how to work a career fair, on the job success, and much more.
One of our program coordinators is on duty to meet with you on a first-come, first-served basis, for your convenience in handling quick questions or dealing with pressing issues. This service is available on-site in the colleges as well as in our office. Walk in hours are offered Monday through Friday 9:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.
InterviewStream is an on-line video practice interviewing system that offers simulated interviews for job seekers to practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Our Mock Interview Program gives students an opportunity to practice interviewing skills with recruiters and receive immediate feedback.
RIT alumni, employers, and friends of the Institute volunteer to provide current students and alumni with career development support, counsel, guidance, reinforcement and constructive examples. The RIT Professional Network is co-sponsored by RIT’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Offices of Cooperative Education and Career Services, and Alumni Relations. The Professional Network is accessible to students and alumni on-line through Job Zone.
To help students research opportunities overseas -- we have acquired access to the Going Global site. Going Global Career Guides contain more than 10,000 resources for finding employment at home and abroad. The Global Key Employer Directory contains corporate listings of leading local and multinational employers in 31 countries around the globe! And the Job & Internship Listings contain more than 10,000 international job openings and internship positions. As an RIT student you have free access to this site from the Going Global link on the main student page of our site. Students or graduates interested in an international co-op experience, meet with our Associate Director for International Outreach, Maria Richart, for assistance with the process. More information about working abroad is available on our site.
Vault is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Career Insider can help!
- Downloadable Career Guides
- Employer profiles and rankings
- All discussion boards
- Industry blogs and news covering the latest trends and issues
- Diversity, green programs and leadership development profiles
- Vault's job board, which matches employers and recruiters with top talent (that's you.)
This is an online service we make available to our students because it one of the major internship job sites and it is an additional way to research opportunities.
Information related to selecting and applying to graduate schools is available in our reception area and through the grad school page on site. For assistance, make an appointment to meet with our graduate school program coordinator, Annette Stewart, responsible for helping students through this process. We also host a Grad School Fair that brings many school representatives to campus every year.
The student newsletter, with job search advice and upcoming events, is e-mailed quarterly during the school year. A co-op student newsletter with co-op profiles and work place advice is sent out quarterly to students on co-op.
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This service is available to assist you in your job search. It is for transmissions only. Please see our office receptionist for details.
Our career counselors are here to support your academic and professional success. No matter your field of study or major, we can provide you with information on what it takes to succeed in your chosen career. Whether you are seeking to change your major, or to pick a minor or concentration, we are available to assist you. Call 585.475.2301 for an appointment. Alumni, please ask your program coordinator for a referral. For more information visit the Career Counseling of our site.
Our office can customize your recruiting efforts based on your hiring needs. We are committed to building a bridge between the business community and RIT. The majority of employers use job postings, on campus interviews and career fairs to recruit RIT co-op, graduating students and alumni. Additional recruiting options include company information days and access to a resume database.
Initiating a co-op relationship with RIT is a simple process that does not require a formal contract or long-term commitment. RIT's Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services will:
- Furnish information about RIT's academic programs
- Assist in identifying the most appropriate student candidate pool
- Facilitate contacts with qualified candidates through job postings, on-campus interviews or other recruiting events
- Respond to your staffing needs with personal, individual attention
- Provide salary data and recommendations
RIT career fairs allow you to showcase your company's products and services plus meet face-to-face with RIT's students and alumni to discuss employment opportunities. Recruit co-op, graduating students and alumni talent from all of RIT's state-of-the art academic programs. These events are open to RIT students and alumni only.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bausch & Lomb Center
Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
See the Staff Directory for program coordinator and other staff contact information.
Location and Hours
The office is located on the main floor of the Bausch & Lomb Center (Bldg. 77 -- the same building as Admissions and Financial Aid). We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 5:00 and 8:00 to 4:30 on Fridays. (See RIT Maps).