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
RIT’s co-op program is the fourth oldest and one of the largest in the world.
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.
Co-op employers who said they would hire their co-op student for a full-time position.
RIT is one of the nation’s top comprehensive universities, setting the national standard for career-oriented education.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.