Co-op Program

The College’s Co-operative Education Program provides undergraduate students with an exciting opportunity to not only graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in hand, but to also leave campus with at least two semesters of paid work experience. This is accomplished through the following options:

  • Full time during the summer
  • Part time during the fall and spring
  • Full time during the fall or spring (academic advising is essential for this option)

Students who participate in the co-op program combine their academic studies with at least two semesters of paid professional work experience related to their major. Students are introduced to the program during their first year, with the expectation that they will participate in the program at the start of their sophomore year. Students typically work in the field each summer following their sophomore and junior years. However, some first-year students have been able to obtain a position in their field.

Advantages of Participating in the Co-op Program

  • The experience provides students with first-hand knowledge of their field
  • Students return to school with a stronger perspective of the field
  • Students are able to apply what they have learned in the field to their classwork
  • Some have refined their functional focus based on their experience
  • The income helps to defray academic cost
  • Students make new contacts
  • Co-op assignments can lead to permanent jobs and higher starting salaries

Participation Requirements

The Co-op Program is optional and open to all students in good academic standing. To participate, a student must:

  • Have on file in the Co-op Office:
    • A current resume
    • Program release form
    • Current address, email address, student ID number, and phone number
  • Attend required workshops and seminars

After fulfilling the above requirements students commit to:

  • Put forth a good faith effort towards finding a Co-op
  • Accept an offer in a timely manner
  • TWO work assignments, preferably with the SAME employer
  • Register for Professional Practice (ECS 370) for EACH work segment (including summer)

A student officially joins the Co-op Program upon acceptance of an offer

Career Workshop

Career Workshops are mandatory for students wishing to participate in the Co-op program. Career Workshops cover the following:

  • Resume writing techniques/tips
  • Interviewing tips
  • After the interview follow-up
  • Job search strategies
  • Office etiquette
  • Resume review (time permitting)

Students are encouraged to bring their resume to the workshop for review

Calendar with times and locations of Career Workshops can be found on Orangelink

Companies who typically hire our students

Anaren Microwave Deloitte Consulting Harris Corporation Microsoft National Grid
Fidelity Investments Constellation Energy IBM MITRE Corporation Sensis
BAE Systems Department of Homeland Security Intel NASA EMC
Bloomberg Iberdrola ITT Power Next Jump Sikorsky
BMW DOT Johnson & Johnson Nucor SRC
Eaton Electric JPMorgan Chase O’Brien & Gere Marquardt Switches C&S
Electric Boat Lockheed Martin Pratt & Whittney Turner Construction Carrier Corporation
GE VMware Raytheon Verizon CDH Energy
Gilbane Malcom Pirnie Schnabel Welch Allyn Google

To find out more, stop by the Career Services Office in 123 Link Hall