The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is driven by a simple mission: to provide effective, high-quality services to RIT students and alumni, empowering and supporting them in the achievement of their experiential learning, career and employment goals. The office is committed to outstanding customer service, effective use of state-of-the-art technology and the creative and effective use of human and fiscal resources.
Information just for our students and alumni can be found through the main student or alumni sections. Building and maintaining relationships with employers is a critical part of our success. Information for employers can be found on our employer section. Our office hours are 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
- Key Student and Alumni Services
- Job Search Advisement
- Career Counseling
- Job Opportunities
- Cooperative Education/Experiential Learning
- Career Fairs
- Workshops/Info Sessions
- Office Drop-In Hours
- Interview Preparation
- Online Resources
- Graduate School Information
- Social Media and Blog
- Key Employer Services
- Contact Information
Career Services Coordinators in our office support specific academic departments and are available to meet on a one-to-one basis with students and alumni on career and employment matters. These sessions are critical to developing individual job search plans and addressing the many questions and issues that arise during the job search process. Call our office at 585.475.2301 to make an appointment or request one right in Handshake. Please make arrangements through myaccess.rit.edu/myAccess5/ for interpreting services. RIT deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students may want to work with the staff of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in addition to the career services coordinators in our office. The NTID Center on Employment can provide additional information on programs and services for those students.
Our career counselors are here to support your academic and professional success. No matter your field of study or major, we can provide you with information on what it takes to succeed in your chosen career. Whether you are seeking to change your major, or to pick a minor or concentration, we are available to assist you. Call 585.475.2301 for an appointment or request one through Handshake. Alumni, please ask your program coordinator for a referral. For more information visit the Career Counseling of our site.
We work hard to maintain and expand our working relationships with employers in order to create a range of job opportunities (ex: co-op, internships, full-time) and to list job openings for our students and alumni in Handshake, our web-based career platform.
Cooperative education (co-op) is the most extensive and intensive of RIT’s experiential learning opportunities. Co-op is full-time, paid work experience directly related to your course of study and career interests. Many academic programs require co-op while others make it an option. Other RIT academic programs feature internship and other work opportunities consistent with industry and business interests and needs. We not only work hard to prepare students for this experience, but we also put a great deal of effort into generating opportunities and nurturing connections with employers.
Our office sponsors two major University-Wide Career Fairs and a number of specialized career fairs throughout the year. These are free and open to RIT students and alumni only.
Our staff prepares co-op and graduating students for their job search through courses, workshops and orientations. Topics include: finding a co-op position, job search strategies, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, dress for success, use of social media, how to work a career fair, on the job success, and much more. Students, visit our Workshops and Company Networking Events page and Alumni, you can visit the Alumni Career Programs and Events page.
One of our career services coordinators is on duty to meet with you on a first-come, first-served basis, for your convenience in handling quick questions or dealing with pressing issues. This service is available on-site in the colleges as well as in our office. Drop in hours are offered Monday through Friday 9:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.
Our Mock Interview Program gives students an opportunity to practice interviewing skills with recruiters and receive immediate feedback. Career Services Coordinators also meet wtih students to offer insights and coach them through the process.
Students and alumni have access to a number of resources we subscribe to. Visit our Recommended Web Resouces a complete list. Two examples of our most useful resources are highlighted below:
To help students research opportunities overseas - we have acquired access to the Going Global site. Going Global Career Guides contain more than 10,000 resources for finding employment at home and abroad. The Global Key Employer Directory contains corporate listings of leading local and multinational employers in 31 countries around the globe! And the Job & Internship Listings contain more than 10,000 international job openings and internship positions. As an RIT student you have free access to this site from the Going Global link found in Handshake (Resources). Students or graduates interested in an international co-op experience, meet with us and attend regularly offered info sessions. More information about working abroad is available on our International Experience page of our site.
Vault is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Career Insider can help! Students can access through Handshake (Resources).
- Downloadable Career Guides
- Employer profiles and rankings
- All discussion boards
- Industry blogs and news covering the latest trends and issues
- Diversity, green programs and leadership development profiles
- Vault's job board, which matches employers and recruiters with top talent (that's you.)
Information related to selecting and applying to graduate schools is available through the grad school page on site. For assistance, make an appointment in Handshake to meet with us.
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Our office can customize your recruiting efforts based on your hiring needs. We are committed to building a bridge between the business community and RIT. The majority of employers use job postings, on campus interviews and career fairs to recruit RIT co-op, graduating students and alumni. We use Handshake as our career platform to promote those opportunities. Additional recruiting options include company information days and access to a resume database.
Initiating a co-op relationship with RIT is a simple process that does not require a formal contract or long-term commitment. RIT's Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education will:
- Furnish information about RIT's academic programs
- Assist in identifying the most appropriate student candidate pool
- Facilitate contacts with qualified candidates through job postings, on-campus interviews or other recruiting events
- Respond to your staffing needs with personal, individual attention
- Provide salary data and recommendations
RIT career fairs allow you to showcase your company's products and services plus meet face-to-face with RIT's students and alumni to discuss employment opportunities. Recruit co-op, graduating students and alumni talent from all of RIT's state-of-the art academic programs. These events are open to RIT students and alumni only.
Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bausch & Lomb Center, 1st Floor
57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623