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Co-op on the Job

While on Co-op, you are using knowledge you've gained from coursework and applying it in a professional setting.


Keep an open line of communication with Co-op Program staff in the Engineering Career Center, and check your Cornell email regularly to be sure you receive timely communication.

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The Co-op program provided me with valuable job experience as well as mentorship from experienced professionals. It helped me find my passion in the technology and business world.

— Shuqing Coco Wu '17

Co-op Work Term Housing

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Most Co-op students are expected to find their own housing during their Co-op work experience.  Use sublet/rental websites and see if information is available through local colleges and universities.  Be sure to utilize former and current Co-op students as resources and ask your recruiter for advice.

Ithaca Housing Options for Junior Year:

On-Campus Housing: During your first Co-op work term, call the Housing Office in RPCC (255-5368) to apply for on-campus housing for when you return. You will then be placed on a waiting list for on-campus housing that becomes available.

Sublet: You can lease an apartment for the entire academic year (usually June-June), and sublet the apartment for the time that you will be away. Or you can sublet someone else’s apartment for the semesters you will be on campus.

Off-Campus Housing:

When posting a sublet, please remember to include the following information: 

  • Location
  • Semester(s) available
  • Rent
  • Rooms
  • Amenities
  • Roommates
  • Contact information

Don’t forget to return to the site periodically to see if anyone has responded to your message, as some sites give people the option to either respond to the message within the forum, or to e-mail you directly.

Early Work Term Modules

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The following modules are designed to get you thinking critically about what you are learning and contributing during your Co-op experience. The following should be completed and returned to the Co-op Program via email within two weeks of starting your work term:

  1. Contact Information Form [pdf]
  2. Student/Employer Expectations Agreement [pdf]
  3. Learning Outcomes [pdf]

Mid-Term Evaluation

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Mid-term evaluation:

Performance feedback is essential for your professional growth; about 6 weeks into your work term, you should meet with your supervisor or mentor to discuss your progress and complete the assessment form [pdf].

    End-of-Term Reflection Activities

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    You will complete the following reflection activities at the end of each work term. These should be submitted within two weeks prior to the last day of the term:

    1. Assessment of Student Performance [pdf]
    2. Learning Outcomes Evaluation
    3. Work Experience Evaluation
    4. Job Summary

    Workshops For Success

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    Completion of four Workshops for Success (WFS) is a requirement for the Co-op Program. Designed to benefit students prior to departure for Co-op work assignments, WFS are offered during Co-op Summer Session.

    Summer 2018 workshops schedule is incomplete:
    Students attending co-op summer session are required to attend the workshops.

    • WFS 1-Check Please: Who picks up the tab? (etiquette dinner)-May 31, 2018
    • WFS 2-Hit the Ground Running-July 19, 2018
    • WFS 3-StrengthsQuest assessment (part 1 of 2)-July 2018
    • WFS 4-Communicating Your Strengths (part 2 of 2)-July 26, 2018

    WFS offered in summer 2017:
    •     Develop Your Pitch
    •    Check Please: Who picks up the tab? (etiquette dinner)
    •    Step Away From That Projector: How to Engage and Inform Your Audience
    •     Discover Your Superpower

    See make-up options [pdf] for students who did not attend summer session.