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100 Years of Co-op

Attention all RIT Students! If you picked up a FREE T-shirt--wear it on October 18 to help us celebrate our 100 years of co-op anniversary. Alums, employers, community members and dignitaries will be visiting that day and we would love to see the campus filled with students wearing T-shirts to show your RIT spirit!

RIT's cooperative education program, which kicked off in 1912 with 32 students at a dozen local companies, turns 100 years old this academic year! Although it has transformed from providing the local economy with skilled workers to a global initiative, the goal of getting students solid jobs after graduation remains the same. The Rochester Institute of Technology's co-op program is recognized as one of the oldest and largest in the world.

Co-op Student Story Winners

We asked our co-op students to share their co-op experience -- the winners of the Co-op Story Contest are Claire McKenna (Information Security and Forensics major) and Nicholas J. Conn (Electrical Engineering major). Read their entries.

100th Anniversary Celebration of Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 3:00-5:00 Ingle Auditorium (Reception 5:00-6:30 pm SAU Davis Room/cafeteria) LIVE STREAMING AVAILABLE


Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert and
spokesperson for LinkedIn

Join the Office of Cooperative Education & Career Services, co-op employers, students and fellow alumni as we celebrate 100 years of cooperative education and experiential learning here at RIT!  We’ll recognize past achievements and the importance of co-op to the success of our graduates, and look ahead to remaining a global leader in cooperative education and experiential learning. 

"20/20 Vision: 7 Career Trends for the Future" Our keynote speaker will be Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert and spokesperson for LinkedIn.

A reception immediately follows the program.



Special Report

Read RIT's University Magazine's Special Report 
100 Years of Cooperative Education A Century of Crafting Careers

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Did You Know...

The original 12 companies that started the co-op program were: Eastman Kodak Co., Gleason Works, Morgan Machine Co., Ingle Machine Co., Stromberg Carlson, Rochester Railway and Light Co., Rochester Electric Motor Co., City Engineers Office, New York State Railways, Rochester Stamping Co., Taylor Instrument Companies and the German American Button Co.

Today, companies hiring RIT students include Apple Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, Google Inc., NASA, Microsoft Corp., Boeing -- and original partners Kodak and Gleason.

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