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Co-Op

The College of Engineering at RIT is firmly committed to a high quality and pragmatic cooperative education program. The faculty and administration believe wholeheartedly in the value of cooperative work experience as part of the undergraduate education at RIT. Cooperative education [co-op] gives students the opportunity to apply in the workplace what they learn in the classroom, and bring to the classroom what they learn in the workplace.

Students attend classes during the fall and spring semesters of their first year. Starting at the end of the second year, students alternate terms of study on campus with periods of co-op employment. The philosophy of the co-op program is to integrate on-the-job work experience with in-the-classroom academic activities to achieve a well-rounded and relevant education.

Co-op provides students with many valuable opportunities. It enables them to explore various biomedical engineering career options, which will help with long-term decision-making. Students gain valuable expertise in areas such as oral and written communication, working in a team, and technical skills.  Co-ops also provide networking opportunities that can give students an advantage when looking for a permanent position after graduation.

Distribution of classes and co-ops for a BS in Biomedical Engineering

Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

1

Classes

Classes

Vacation

2

Classes

Classes

Co-op 

3

Co-op

Classes

Co-op

4

Classes

Co-op

Co-op

5

Classes

Classes

 

If you have questions at any time before, during, or after co-op, you may use these contacts for assistance:

  • Mindy Blake is the Co-op Specialist for all Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students:
    • Voice: (585) 475-5467
    • Fax:     (585) 475-5476
    • Email: maboce@rit.edu
  • Main Office at Cooperative Education & Career Services: 
  • Voice: (585) 475-2301
  • Fax:     (585) 475-5476
  • Biomedical Engineering Office:
  • Voice: (585) 475-7144
  • Fax:     (585) 475-4350

To further explore job opportunities and the Cooperative Education, visit the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website http://www.rit.edu/oce/