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Graduate Co-Op


Eight Steps to a successful work experience!


  1. Co-op Is Optional For All Graduate Business Students

Cooperative education is optional for graduate level business students. However, for students attending full-time, it may be beneficial to complete a co-op work block sometime during the student's program. A Masters level student cannot take more than two MBA courses during any term they are registered for co-op. A co-op must be a paid full-time position.

  1. Beginning the Job Search

Students should begin with their co-op advisor to discuss resumes, interviewing techniques, job opportunities, target companies, and any other process or preparation issues.

  1. How Your Academic Advisor Fits In

Students should check with their academic advisor for approval and to ensure they will not be on co-op when a course required for graduation is offered. All co-op semesters have to be registered on Job Zone, which will also be registered (by Saunders college) in SIS to maintain the students’ academic standing. At the end of the co-op semester, an online co-op report must be completed in order for the student to obtain credit for their co-op.

  1. How Courses Fit In

If you plan on taking any courses while on co-op, you must add them through the normal processes. No more than one course is recommended however. If you do not plan to take courses, it is your responsibility to drop them during the drop/add period. Otherwise tuition will be due and you will receive a grade.

  1. Registering For Co-op

Students need to be in good academic standing, and must register before beginning the Co-op. Co-op work terms need to be a minimum of 16 weeks in length. Students need to complete at least 24 credit hours, and have at least one academic term remaining (12 credit hours) upon their return from co-op.

You need to register on the RIT Job Zone through the Co-op Office by following these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Students
  3. Click on Report Co-op or Internship along the left navigation bar
  4. Log in with your RIT computer account
  5. Complete ALL information requested
  6. Click on Submit at the bottom of the form
  7. Receive your confirmation page


  1. International Students

International students need written authorization from the International Student Office and cannot co-op until two consecutive semesters of study have been completed.

  1. Getting Your Co-op Evaluated and Graded

At the end of your co-op, you will receive the message below in your email from Do not delete this message. Please read it, and complete your evaluation.

"You are receiving this email because you need to complete your Student Work Report for the co-op semester(s) at the bottom of this email.

PROCESS: Once you submit your Student Work Report and your employer submits the Employer Evaluation, your academic department will review your Work Report. Please spend the appropriate time on this report. It will be accepted or rejected by your faculty advisor based on your thoughtful responses.

Once accepted, your department will then submit an "S" grade for your co-op. Please note, your department may not review the forms and submit your grade until the end of the semester.

SAVING YOUR WORK: The save feature is not working properly. You can try saving in small sections, but saving your work in Word and pasting it into the form would be better. Submit does work if you complete all sections.

DOUBLE BLOCK: You must submit the Student Work Report and your employer must submit the Employer Evaluation for each individual semester of the double block. This will allow your department to review the forms and give you an "S" grade for each individual semester.

PAST QUARTERS: If you are receiving this email for a past semester's co-op and you have already been given an "S" grade through your department, please reply to this email with "semester" and "co-op S grade" in the subject. Your status will be updated in the system and you will stop receiving these reminder emails.

REJECTED WORK REPORTS: If necessary, you will be able to correct a rejected work report so that it can then be accepted by your department and you can be given and "S" grade."

  1. The Co-op Grade

All co-op blocks carry zero credit hours (no tuition charged) and are assigned Incomplete grades if the report is not completed and graded by the end of the semester. These incomplete grades revert to permanent fails if you do not complete a satisfactory report. Don't let this happen to you!

If you are on a double block co-op you must complete an evaluation for each block. You will not receive a grade if your evaluation is not completed.