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