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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education and Career Placement

Toyota co-ops

Students in Packaging Science are required to complete a cooperative educational experience as part of their course of study. Students have worked all over the United States and in many foreign countries on projects with meaningful results for the employers.

"RIT has the fourth oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world."

R.I.T Cooperative Education and Career Services

Experience Pays

Besides being a great way to gain professional experience, co-op also provides you with a salary-real income that you can apply toward tuition, books and living expenses. The average RIT engineering technology student earned between $4,300 and $7,700 per 10-week co-op assignment last year, and many of them received permanent job offers from their co-op employers. Students in related majors often earn similar co-op salaries.

How it works

Co-op typically takes place during your junior and senior years, and the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services will help you find the right co-op opportunities. They offer a series of specially designed seminars on topics such as identifying existing co-op employers, researching other appropriate employers, writing resumes, and learning interview techniques. If you want some tips from insider, attend their panel discussions, where co-op employers give advice about your job search and students describe their recent co-op experiences. Hundreds of companies from Fortune 500 firms to smaller, privately owned companies-come to campus each year to recruit students for co-op positions.

Coop Education Schedule
Packaging Science

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 RIT RIT RIT ------
4 RIT RIT RIT ------

Coop Education Schedule
Engineering Technology

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 and 2 RIT RIT RIT ------
3 RIT RIT Co-Op Co-op
4 RIT Co-op RIT Co-op
5 Co-op RIT RIT ------


Tools for your future

There's no doubt about it, co-op is one of the most valuable experiences you'll have during your college years. Experience in your field, confidence in your abilities and skills, poise in job interviews, self-reliance that comes from living on your own and learning how to network-all these experiences, will prove invaluable as you advance through your career. - Salary Data

Who Hires our Students

Some recent co-op and permanent employers
Packaging Specific Employers
  • Beiersdorf Inc.
  • BIC Corp.
  • Birds Eye Foods
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Cadbury Schweppes
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Corning Inc.
  • Curtis Packaging Group
  • Diamond Packaging
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Estee Lauder
  • Fisher-Price
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Electric Co.
  • Gillette Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Harley Davidson Motor Co.
  • Hasbro Inc.
  • Heinz North America
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lindt & Sprungli
  • L'Oreal USA Inc.
  • McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals
  • Mead Westvaco
  • Nestle Research & Development Center
  • Novartis Pharmaceutical
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Perry Ice Cream
  • Precision Platers Ltd.
  • Rich Products
  • RockTenn
  • SC Johnson & Son Inc.
  • Scotts-Miracle Gro Company
  • Sentry Group
  • Seo Kang Co Ltd.
  • Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
  • Stryker Biotech
  • Syngenta Crop Protection Inc.
  • Taurus Display
  • Terphane
  • Unilever
  • Wyeth Consumer Healthcare
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Zotos International