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Where learning becomes practice – you become a professional.

At RIT, we enable students to apply what they’re learning through lectures, labs, assignments, and projects to a variety of experiences outside the classroom. Students broaden their perspectives by refining their professional and intellectual competencies, cultivating their leadership abilities, advancing their career development, and further developing their talents.

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Cooperative education, or co-op, is full-time, paid work experience in a professional setting. Directly related to your field of study, co-op will help define your career path after graduation. More than 4,500 students complete 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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An internship is practical, hands-on work experience over the summer or coordinated around a student’s academic schedule. Differing from a co-op, an internship is not always full-time work or a paid position. Some academic programs offer internship opportunities in addition to co-op.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) allows RIT students to conduct research assignments that their peers at other universities often don’t see until graduate school. Students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members in their labs to investigate, explore, and discover hands-on skills that become the foundation of scientific research.

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On-Campus Student Employment

We continue RIT’s tradition of experiential education through student employment on-campus. No matter the opportunity, your experience will develop vital skills and a strong work ethic to prepare you for your full-time search.

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International Experience

Gain co-op experience and credit overseas through our International Experience program. Review our top 12 destinations through our trusted partners to create an experience unlike any other.

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