Co-op Process

There are three primary components to co-op: Preparation, Activity, and Reflection

Co-op Preparation

To prepare for co-op, students are required to successfully complete the semester long Graduate Co-op Seminar (CS6949). Topics covered include:

  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Job search strategy and techniques
  • Co-op experiences from upperclassmen


This refers to the actual co-op experience when you will be working fulltime at a co-op employer. During this time you will be asked to identify goals and reflect on them, document a self-evaluation, and obtain a performance evaluation from your employer. A co-op advisor may also visit during your co-op.


Reflection helps students assess what was learned on co-op and analyze their experience from different points of view. It may include meeting with a co-op faculty coordinator, participating in a panel discussion or small group discussions.