There are several ways to foster your career development and network with employer partners through the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. Opportunities include attending programs and panels, participating in employer information sessions, or meeting with a career services coordinator or career counselor.
Every semester, our office prepares career-focused programs to prepare students in their co-op and full-time job search.
Career Prep Courses
Coordinators provide an in-depth professional development course that is embedded in a student’s academic plan. A majority of students have the advantage of taking this course before their first co-op or internship experience.
Attend virtual or on-campus programs on resume building, effective interviewing, job offers, salary negotiation, and more. These interactive programs allow students to personalize their experience. Employer partners also make guest appearances to share their industry expertise. Learn more in RIT Career Connect.
Students can have their questions answered on entering the workforce through employer and student panels. Employer partners from different industries come together before career fairs, and RIT Tigers, who have completed co-op, host panels to prepare the next generation of workers. Learn more in RIT Career Connect.
Mock Interview Day
Students can practice their virtual interviewing skills with some of RIT's employer partners. Students will participate in a 30-minute “mock” virtual interview followed by a 10-minute critique from the interviewer through one-on-one guidance. Learn more about Mock Interview Day.
Employer Information Sessions
Students can attend presentations and meet employer partner representatives to learn more about employment opportunities. Employers take the time to share specific information about hiring needs, explain the next steps for getting a job, and network with students in programs they’re interested in. See what employers are hosting info sessions in RIT Career Connect.
Virtual Event Best Practices
Dress professionally. Information sessions should be treated as if you were to network in person with the employer.
Have a clean, professional space. Test your camera prior to the session to see if the environment around you is the best representation of you.
Introduce yourself in the chat before the presentation starts. Include your name, major, academic year, and if available, the position you're interested in.
Ask questions. Research the company beforehand and think of questions that would help you understand if this employer would be a good fit for your co-op experience.
Network with representatives. Take the time to build connections with the employer partner and alumni. Introduce yourself and your interest in the company.
Apply for openings mentioned in the info session that fits your skills and follow up with representatives who attended the session.
The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education provides the University-Wide Career Fair twice a year as well as four specialized fairs for RIT students to connect with employers for co-op, internship, research, and full-time opportunities.