Cooperative Education

Cooperative education (co-op) allows you to gain valuable real-world experience in the workplace by alternating your classroom study with periods of full-time employment. Your co-op can offer you paid professional experience, providing you with a salary — real income that you can apply toward tuition, books and living expenses. And co-ops are a great way to develop connections and relationships that can help advance your career, add depth to your resume and make you more marketable. 

Co-ops by the Numbers


Students complete co-ops

Each year, more than 4,500 RIT students complete work assignments.


Work assignments

Nearly 6,200 work assignments are completed each year.


Companies and organizations

Nearly 3,400 companies and organizations hire RIT students for co-ops each year. RIT’s co-op partners include Apple Computer, Boeing, Google, Xerox and many other Fortune 500 businesses that help RIT students jump start their careers and hit the ground running when they graduate.

NTID Center on Employment

If you are seeking a co-op opportunity or a job after graduation, the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) can help. NCE employment specialists are in touch with what's happening in the current employment market and have contact with employers who are interested in hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates.

RIT Co-op and Career Services

The RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services provides job search advice, job listings, orientations and seminars about career and job search topics and a resource library for RIT students and alumni. The office's reference service makes letters of recommendation available to potential employers at your request.