RIT Co-op Program

Cooperative education (co-op) at RIT is defined as full-time, paid work experience directly related to the student’s field of study and career interests. Co-op is designed to be a learning experience for the student as well as a productive work assignment for the employer. The experience should emphasize real-world tasks and responsibilities that grow with the student's increased knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Did you know

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RIT’s co-op program is the fourth oldest and one of the largest in the world.

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More than 4,500 students completed over 6,200 co-op assignments each year and are employed by more than 3,400 employers throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Co-op employers who said they would hire their co-op student for a full-time position.

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RIT is one of the nation’s top comprehensive universities, setting the national standard for career-oriented education.

Benefits

Employers enjoy many benefits from hiring co-op students:

  • Students produce immediate and valuable results at a relatively low cost
  • Students bring fresh perspective, ideas, and knowledge to the workplace
  • Your employees, with the help of co-ops, can take on new tasks and assignments
  • The most promising students can be recruited to full-time assignments upon graduation
  • Co-ops act as ambassadors for your organization when they return to campus
  • Co-op opens the door for developing other valuable partnerships with RIT

Employer Responsibilities

When you bring a co-op student into your organization, be prepared to provide an appropriate orientation, supervision, and performance evaluation. The staff of RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is here to help you and the student in achieving a positive experience.

Supervision

The co-op student will be able to work independently once the orientation and training period is complete. However, your student will need at least the level of supervision that you would provide for any employee:

  • Assign a specific supervisor who will be accessible for questions, direction, or assistance with problems.
  • Be sensitive and supportive to the goals of your organization’s co-op program.
  • Pay particular attention to adjusting the co-op student’s workload as his/her skills grow.
  • Contact the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education with any questions or concerns.

Evaluation

Toward the end of each academic term, you will receive an email with a link to a co-op student evaluation form from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. The online form needs to be submitted to our office upon completion in order for the student to receive credit for their co-op experience. We ask that you use the form to:

  • Provide formalized performance feedback for your co-op student.
  • Realistically assess your student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make recommendations for the student’s further professional and academic development.

Keep Us Involved

  • Let us know when you fill a position and hire a Tiger.
  • We welcome stories of the achievements and successes of our co-op students.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned about the work performance of your co-op, or wish to share a success story.

Job Offer Guidelines

There are several national and RIT policies that ensure equal opportunities for our students.

Learn more about Recruitment Expectations.

FAQs

Plan for appropriate supervision and mentorship of the co-op student. Review potential job responsibilities to determine if they are appropriate. Establish an appropriate pay and benefit structure, which may include assistance to the student in relocating to your area and obtaining safe and affordable housing.

Students are available to work for one or two consecutive terms; availability may vary from program to program.

Key co-op dates

No. Just provide a job description and our office will post your position online and assist you in identifying the most appropriate student candidate pool. The recruitment process and hiring decision is always determined by the employer and the student.

As the employing organization, you do. We provide data regarding co-op salaries paid to current students and can assist you in determining an appropriate wage.

Employer housing assistance ranges from providing housing recommendations to arranging subsidized living quarters.

Our clear understanding is that the emphasis from the ACA (American Healthcare Act) ruling is on “offering” not “providing” coverage. Consequently, if the student is already covered and does not require the employer-offered insurance, then the employer obligation is met.

Discuss your employment needs with a program coordinator within our office. We can provide information on RIT’s academic programs and facilitate contact with faculty.