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Cooperative Education


Cooperative education (co-op) at RIT means that you will alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. RIT's school year is divided into 4 years (8 semesters) of college course work and 4 semesters of co-op work experience towards your bachelor's degree major.

Co-op Schedule for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Students

Year Fall Spring Summer
1 RIT RIT Vacation
2 RIT RIT Vacation
3 RIT Co-op Co-op
4 RIT RIT Co-op
5 Co-op RIT  

Any deviation from this schedule must be discussed with your advisor.
Please see frequently asked questions for information about advising.

How do students find co-ops

The RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services is driven by a simple mission - to provide effective, high-quality services to RIT students and alumni that empower them to succeed in obtaining employment appropriate to their career objectives and personal goals. We accomplish this mission by a commitment to outstanding customer service, the effective use of state-of-the-art technology, and the creative and effective use of human and fiscal resources. Information just for our students can be found through our student portal page and on our alumni portal page. Building and maintaining relationships with employers is a critical part of our success. Information for employers can be found on our employer portal page.

What do co-ops do

  • Network Engineer typical co-op student: Publish streaming video, Maintain websites, Design fiber and ethernet networks, Repair RF distribution systems and connections.
  • Electrical Engineer typical co-op student: Design, test, program and repair of electronic circuit boards and assemblies.
  • Design Engineer typical co-op student: Design of hardware and programming of software in embedded systems.

Co-op Locations

Mostly located in the continental U.S.

Co-op Program Overview

Job Search

It is your obligation to obtain employment. The Career Zone is a new registration and job database service for students and alumni. It is your pathway to all co-op and full time jobs. Registration and an on-line referral resume are required of all students to gain access to job postings and on-campus interview opportunities. The information you provide is stored in a database and will be used to match your qualifications with the hiring needs of employers. You may be required to have an on-campus interview, call the potential employer or just send an appropriate cover letter and resume.


The registration process is twofold; You MUST register with the Registrar as well as the Co-op office.

How do I register for co-op with the Registrar ?
The same way you register for classes; via SIS or telephone registration.

What course number should I use?

Program Course Number
Electrical Engineering Technology EEET-499
Computer Engineering Technology CPET-499

RIT Co-op Placement Notification: Once you have accepted a co-op job offer you need to complete the on line co-op notification form through Career Zone to notify the Office of Co-op and Career Services that you have accepted a co-op position.

Co-op Credit

Student and Employer evaluations are now completed in an online format only. An e~mail will be sent from the co-op office to the student and their supervisor with access information for the online evaluation site. Evaluations will not be sent if you have failed to register on Job Zone and SIS. Questions regarding the evaluations should be directed to Marylu Balacki at or 585-475-5457.

A student and employer evaluation must be submitted to receive a satisfactory grade. Incomplete grades automatically roll to an “F” if the necessary paperwork is not received after 1 semester. Note: Those on double work period must submit paperwork for each work period of co-op.

Co-op Waiver

What is it ?

A waiver of a co-op requirement based on previous work experience in the field of Electrical, Computer, or Telecommunications Engineering Technology.

Who is eligible?

Only students, who have completed an "official" co-op, are eligible to request a waiver. Students with previous work experience or part-time experience equivalent to 10 weeks of full-time employment are eligible. A waiver is occasionally granted to a student who actively pursued employment but was not able to find a co-op assignment.

How do I Request a Waiver ?

  • Discuss the possibility with your advisor.
  • Submit a letter requesting a waiver to your advisor, explaining the reason for your request, the company you worked for, the length of your employment and your status, either full time or part-time.
  • Submit a letter from your employer (on company letterhead) verifying your length of employment and duties. This should be submitted with your letter of request.

Who Hires our Students

Selected Employers of RIT Co-op and Graduating Students

Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Boeing
  • Bosch Security System
  • Cannon Design Inc
  • Carrier
  • Constellation Energy
  • Eastman Kodak Co
  • Energy East/RG&E
  • ESPN
  • Fisher Price GE
  • Harris Corp
  • ITT
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • M.C. Dean
  • National Grid
  • PPL Corp.
  • Redcom Laboratories
  • 3M
  • Welch Allyn Inc.
Computer Engineering Technology
  • Boeing Corp.
  • Corning
  • Digital Equipment
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Fisher Price
  • Garlock
  • GE
  • Gorbel
  • Harris Corporation
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • ITT Water Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McNeil Consumer Products
  • Motorola
  • NASA
  • National Semiconductor
  • Paychex
  • Raytheon
  • Redcom Labs
  • Savant Systems
  • Sensis
  • The Morley Group
  • United Parcel Services
  • Wegmans
  • Welch Allyn
  • Xerox
Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • Aircom International
  • American Fiber Systems
  • Boeing
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Cisco Systems, Current Communications Services
  • Dialogic (an Intel Company)
  • ECC Technologies
  • Eli Research
  • Fibertech Networks
  • Frontier Telephone
  • Genencor
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris Corporation
  • IBM
  • Inter-Tel Technologies
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MCI
  • Motorola
  • NMS Communications
  • Nextel Partners
  • OneStream Networks
  • Ostrow Electric
  • PaeTec Communications
  • Paychex Inc.
  • PICS Telecom
  • Quick Eagle Networks
  • Redcom Lab
  • Sentel
  • T Mobil
  • Verizon Wireless