Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science Kicks Off New Co-Op Program with Employer Panel

On JanuaJan 15 044ry 15, the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted an employer panel discussion to promote the new co-op program scheduled to start June 2015.  Employers represented on the panel included Covidien/Medtronic, Gates Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Norgren/IMI Precision Engineering. Over 50 students listened to experienced engineers speak about the advantages of co-ops versus internships.

Co-ops are similar to internships but occur during the academic year and provide students an opportunity to embed themselves deeper into an organization and projects more than a typical summer internship allows.  Students can gain better understanding of the cultural fit in the organization as many of the employers said they would hire students after the successful completion of the co-op. In addition, many of the employers stated that during the hiring process, any recent graduate who has completed a co-op moves to the top of the applicant pool over other candidates who only complete internships or major related design projects.

Jan 15 046Please contact Dr. Matthew Gordon, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, at 303-871-3580, matthew.gordon@du.edu  if you are a student or employer interested in participating in the Ritchie School co-op program.

By Jane Mall
Jane Mall Director Employer Relations, DU Career Services Jane Mall