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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

The Cooperative Education Program officially announced the Co-op of the Year award recipients at the 2018 Co-op Welcome Back Reception on August 23, 2018.

The Co-op Student of the Year Award is presented to one student each year. The nominations for the award are submitted by supervisors who have worked closely with a Co-op student that they feel has demonstrated leadership, initiative, and innovation in the Co-op position.

The Co-op Supervisor/Mentor of the Year designation is awarded to one supervisor or mentor each year. Students nominate supervisors and mentors who have helped them to grow in a professional capacity during their Co-op position.

The 2018 Co-op Student of the Year Award recipient is Matthew Snyder '19, a Civil Engineer. Matthew completed his Co-op at Enviro Water Minerals in Houston, Texas, and was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Paul Wallace. Paul explained that Matthew's work played a pivitol role in the community, with the water from the plant being used by the city of El Paso, "a municipality under intense water resource pressure." Paul also stated, "In my 30+ year professional engineering experience, Matt was one of the best engineers, let alone student, I have ever worked with. He far exceeded my expectations and was a vital component of the commissioning of a first of a kind water treatment facility."

Matthew Snyder Posing with Co-op Student of the Year Award and Certificate
Congratulations to Matthew Snyder, recipient of the Co-op Student of the Year Award!

Emily Beacham of Wetland Studies Solutions, Inc. is the recipient of the Co-op Mentor of the Year Award for 2018. Emily was nominated by Irene Sarri '19, an Environmental Engineer. Irene described Emily's mentorship from even before her first day on the job. She was offered support in her work role, as well as to join in activities outside of work that made her feel included and welcomed into the group. Emily showed Irene the ropes on the job, going over every aspect of a project from start to finish.

Irene with her Distinguished Honor award and Emily's Mentor of the Year award.
Irene Sarri accepted Emily's award in her absence. Irene was also a recipient of the Distinguished Honor award.

2017-2018 Co-op of the Year Awards:

Co-op Student of the Year Distinguished Honors:

-Nick Comly, '19, Computer Science
Employer: MITRE, Bedford, MA
 -Isaac Covitz, '19, Chemical Engineering
Employer: Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
-Daniel Hollands, '19, Chemical Engineering

Employer: Mondelez International, East Hanover, NJ

 -Bhavi Jagatia, '19, Mechanical Engineering

Employer: ASML, Wilton, CT

-Thomas Kessler, '19, Mechanical Engineering
Employer: United Technologies Aerospace Systems

-Abigail Lustig, '19, Operations Research & Information Engineering
Employer: Workday, Pleasanton, CA

-Jeremy Miller, '19, Computer Science
Employer:, Tysons Corner, VA

-Hannah Morris, '19, Mechanical Engineering
Employer: MBP, Columbia, MD

-Irene Sarri, '19, Environmental Engineering
Employer: Wetland Studies Solutions, Inc., Gainesville, VA
-Canhui Yu, '19, Mechanical Engineering
Employer: Heller Industries, Florham Park, NJ
-Yixiao Zhang, '19, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Employer: OneZero Financial, Boston, MA


Co-op Supervisor of the Year Distinguished Honors:
-Ernesto Arroyo, United Technologies Aerospace Systems
Nominated By: Thomas Kessler, '19, Mechanical Engineering
-Kyle Goehner, Amazon, Cambridge, MA
Nominated By: Yifan Jia, '19, Computer Science                      
-Evelyn Haynes, Cephea Valve Technologies, Santa Cruz, CA
Nominated By: Diana Chu, '19, Mechanical Engineering
-Jim Huang, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA
Nominated By: Sanush Kehelella, '19, Electrical & Computer Engineering
-Mike Loewenthal, ASML, Wilton, CT
Nominated By: Sharon Cho, '19, Mechanical Engineering
-Eric Monteiro, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA
Nominated By: Sanush Kehelella, '19, Electrical & Computer Engineering
-Jim Neville, Heller Industries, Florham Park, NJ
Nominated By: Canhui Yu, '19, Mechanical Engineering

While on Co-op...

The required workshops, modules and reflection activites are found in the expandable sections below.

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:
    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

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