RIT has the fourth-oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,400 students in nearly 6,000 co-op assignments with more than 2,200 employers across the United States and overseas. Hundreds of our graduate students complete at least one semester of cooperative education each year, and many complete 1–3 additional years of post-graduation training at companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Some of Our Successful Current Students and Recent Graduates
Sai Ashwin Parakkal of India is an MS Computer Science student who will graduate this year. Sai completed a Summer internship with Kodak Alaris in Summer, 2016, and then worked for Amazon’s New York City operation in the Spring & Summer of 2017. He was offered a permanent position with Amazon upon completion of his degree. Of his experience, Sai writes,
RIT provides you with everything you need. There are people to guide you and you can utilize this for your own benefit. The academic strength of RIT, coupled with the many career services offered by RIT, directs you toward success.
Jesse Buonanno recently graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computing security. As a part of the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program, Buonanno received a scholarship covering the costs of his final two years at RIT. In exchange, students in the program agree to work at a government computing security job for the same number of years that they received the scholarship. After graduating in May, Buonanno began as a cybersecurity engineer with MITRE Corp., a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers, in McLean, Va. He got the job after meeting with representatives at an RIT career fair and completing two co-op experiences with the company. At MITRE, Buonanno will help build security solution proof of concepts for problems proposed by agencies, such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. He’ll also maintain an infrastructure for the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project—or CVE list.
Pratyusha Kothapally of India recently graduated from our MS Telecommunications Engineering Technology program.
As an international student from India, choosing RIT to pursue my graduate studies was the best decision I could have ever made. After considering the extensive opportunities and experiences available for students both on and off campus, RIT was my first choice among all other admissions. The career services program at RIT is hands down the best, for being accessible to students’ year round and providing services like: career counselling, resume reviews, mock interviews and job fairs held twice a year where hundreds of world class companies attend. My academic course work had prepared me well for the real world. During my studies, I did a co-op at Trillium Health Organization as an IT intern and then I did another co-op as a Systems Administrator at the Saunders College of Business. I recently joined VISA Inc. as a Unix Systems Administrator in Denver, CO.
Qian Yang, Print Media MS graduate, China.
I was admitted to a bunch of graduate programs, but I found that RIT's Print Media program was not only a well-designed curriculum, it was also a team of teachers drawn from experts in different industries. They could share incredible resources and experience with students. At RIT, I got to know a lot of talented people who had a lot of good qualities: they were kind, creative and always passionate about their research. The Cary Graphic Arts Center in the library - for those who like graphics communication - is definitely a rare treasure. Two years of graduate student experience gave me an important inspiration and opened the door to an appreciation for printing and graphic arts - and even the beauty of the digital world. Although I have learned professional knowledge from the classroom, RIT gave me the opportunity to learn how to do research and skills. No matter what area I work in the future, this ability to carry out my research will benefit me a lot.
Khyati Vyas, of India recently graduated from our MS Computer Science program.
I joined RIT in 2015 as a graduate student pursuing my master’s degree in computer science. After completing my bachelor’s degree in India, I was looking for a school that would provide me with a chance to get the industrial experience I needed along with working towards my degree. RIT was an undoubted choice because of the great co-op program it provides. Not many schools provide this opportunity. Soon after I started at RIT, Amazon hired me as a summer intern. Due to the coursework I took here, I was well prepared to face the challenges in my role as a software developer. Eventually, Amazon offered me a full-time position in their AWS Database Migration Service team upon completion of my degree.