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Co-op employment is a mandatory component of many RIT degree programs. It is essential that on-campus co-op employment meet the criteria of program validity inherent in the Institute's commitment to quality experiential learning.

It is RIT policy and practice that all on-campus co-op students be hired according to the following procedure:

  • On-campus co-op positions are listed with the Center for Cooperative Education and Career Services.
  • Students seeking on-campus co-op respond directly to the departments listing the positions.
  • Students must be registered for Co-op in SIS for all semesters they wish to work.
  • Co-op students must follow all employment guidelines as outlined in Section 5, “Qualifying for On-Campus Employment” including the on-line I-9 process. Section 1 should be completed prior to or no later than the job start date at The Employer Number is 15083. Section 2 must be completed in the Student Employment Office within three days of the job start date. Be sure to bring required documentation as found at Required I-9 Form Documentation on the SEO website.
  • RIT Student Hire Forms are to be completed and returned to the SEO for processing by the employer.

Employers may use their own discretion when assigning co-op wages. For assistance, employers may contact the Co-op Office at 475-2301 to request a copy of their most recent Co-op Wage Survey.

Unlike regular student employees, on-campus co-op students are also eligible for holiday pay for all Institute holidays falling within a given co-op employment semester. They are also eligible for sick pay on the ratio of two days per fall and spring semester and one sick day per summer co-op employment for a total of five sick days for the academic year. Sick day benefits are cumulative to a maximum of five (5) paid sick days per year. On-campus co-op students are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. On-campus co-op employees are exempt from FICA withholding as long as they are registered for co-op.