Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Welcome to Co-Op at Wentworth

Definition of Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is an opportunity when student, employer, and Wentworth cooperate in blending classroom learning with work experience directly related to major fields and career goals. At Wentworth Institute of Technology, students receive co-op credit for the learning that takes place and are usually paid for their work following federal labor guidelines.

Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Co-op Program

The cooperative education experience is a component of the academic curriculum. In a cooperative education course, learning remains the primary objective. The work-site is a laboratory where a student builds skills, expands knowledge and tests career choices. The employer instructs and evaluates, and the work-site supervisor becomes a true partner in educational process.

Wentworth offers co-op three times per year:

  • Spring: January – April/May
  • Summer: May – August
  • Fall: September – December

Student are required to work:

  • 12-16 weeks
  • Minimum of 32 hours per week
  • Co-ops are paid (exceptions for non-profit organizations) using standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor

The recruiting period for each cycle typically takes place during the 4 months prior to the start of co-op.

To start recruiting Wentworth co-op students, you can access our recruiting system, WITworks. Simply complete your company profile and submit a co-op job description.

For NEW employers (contacts) who are looking to post a position:

  1. Click: https://wit-csm.symplicity.com/
  2. Choose "Employer"
  3. Click "Register and post job" to register as new contact and post a new job.

You can increase your visibility through special recruiting strategies like on-campus interview days, employer information sessions, company tours, and career fair attendance. We can consult with you on the best mix of recruiting strategies.  Contact us to discuss what will work best for your organization.

Benefits to Employers

The organization gets several benefits from participating in the Wentworth Institute of Technology Co-op Program:

  • · A selection of high-potential STEAM individuals for career positions
  • · A chance to evaluate candidates in your environment
  • · An opportunity to showcase your organization as an employer of choice
  • · Better access to qualified and diverse candidates
  • · Flexible staffing to meet fluctuating needs
  • · More effective use of experienced staff
  • · Low risk supervisory experience for your employees
  • · Enhanced public relations
  •   Fresh ideas, high energy, motivation and productivity

Objectives for Co-op Student

Typical student objectives may be summarized as follows:

  • · To gain professional experience with current technology while contributing to significant projects
  • · To build communication, interpersonal, teamwork and other skills essential for a successful career.
  • · To connect with people across the company to learn about career opportunities.

Typical Student Expectations

You should understand the expectations for an incoming student, so that you can try to meet them or talk with the student to adjust unrealistic expectations.

  • · Defined project(s) with clear expectations and end-point/deliverable
  • · Provide challenging and meaningful assignments
  • · Ensure variety in work assignments/tasks, different experiences
  • · Allow for progression of responsibility, depth in tasks
  • · Give opportunities for students to gain career focus
  • · Provide feedback - early, frequent and specific
  • · Give your time and attention – a regular time to touch base
  • · Guide, teach and help student learn
  • · Explain organization’s culture, politics
  • · Provide students opportunities to network
  • · Demonstrate flexibility and balance work/life
  • · Have fun
  • · Provide competitive compensation

Hire a Wentworth Student for Co-op

Post your opportunities on WITworks.  Ensure that your position description is current, has appropriate deadlines (see below) and that the correct person at your organization is receiving student resumes.  Be sure that your positions are posted for each semester in which our students can co-op that meet your needs.  Students co-op in the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Consider hosting an on-campus interviewing day to maximize the number of candidates.  Contact coopsandcareers@wit.edu to schedule your on-campus interview day.

Employers Recruiting Schedule

Spring Co-op Schedule 2016

Day

Date

Recruiting begins

Wednesday

9-Sep-2015

Last day to post a position

Friday

8-Jan-2016

Last day to make an offer

Wednesday

13-Jan-2016

Semester Begins

Wednesday

6-Jan-2016

Latest Employment start date

Tuesday

19-Jan-2016

Co-op assessment due - student, employer

Friday

15-Apr-2016

Last day of co-op employment

Wednesday

20-Apr-2016

Summer Co-op Schedule 2016

Day

Date

Recruiting begins

Thursday

14-Jan-2016

Last day to post a position

Friday

13-May-2016

Last day to make an offer

Wednesday

18-May-2016

Semester Begins

Wednesday

11-May-2016

Latest Employment start date

Monday

23-May-2016

Co-op assessment due - student, employer

Friday

12-Aug-2016

Last day of co-op employment

Tuesday

16-Aug-2016

Student Co-op Schedule

Major

Fall (Sep-Dec)

Spring (Jan-Apr)

Summer (May-Aug)

Design

Architecture

(not available)

Sophomores

Juniors

Industrial Design

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Interior Design

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Engineering & Technology

Biomedical Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Civil Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Civil Engineering Tech.

Seniors

Juniors

(not available)

Computer Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Computer Engineering Tech.

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Computer Information Systems

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Computer Networking

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Computer Science

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Electrical Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Electromechanical Engineering

(not available)

(not available)

Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores

Electronic Engineering Tech.

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Interdisciplinary Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Mechanical Engineering

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Management

Business Management

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Construction Management

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Facility Planning & Management

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Math & Sciences

Applied Mathematics

(not available)

Seniors, Juniors

Juniors, Sophomores

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