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Industry Practicum Co-op Program

Employers increasingly demand significant practical work experience in addition to sound academic knowledge. The optional eight-month Industry Practicum Co-Op Program at the University of Rochester provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by integrating their engineering and computer science knowledge with workplace practice.

Students in the Industry Practicum Co-Op participate in an  eight month (a semester and summer) paid, full-time position with industry employers that allow students to get quality work experience directly related to their field of study. The students’ academic and Industry Practicum Co-Op experiences combine to produce a comprehensive learning experience that enriches their academic programs and adds direction to their career development.

Eligibility Requirements

Students participating in this program must:

  • Be second semester junior or first semester senior with 48 credit hours completed
  • Find a computer science or engineering-related position that is six to eight months in duration
  • Be accepted into a Hajim school major

Finding an Industry Practicum Co-Op Position

Students can look for Industry Practicum Co-Op Positions by using:

  • The Career Center for help with job searching and résumé building
  • Resources such as LinkedIn and other personal connections like professors 

There are no guarantees that students will find an appropriate position. Students are hired directly by employers and may accept or reject any offers they receive. To be considered for the program, students must be hired for positions lasting six to eight months.

Internship Information

After receiving an Industry Practicum Co-Op offer from an employer you should:

  • Meet with an academic or career advisor
  • See your faculty advisor and fill out your plan for completing the rest of your required courses

Once placed, students must meet with a Hajim School Dean’s Office advisor to fill out a change of status form and review any other necessary information. International students must consult with the International Students Office for work authorization.

See checklist in the Industry Practicum Co-Op Handbook for other important information and frequently asked questions. 

Contact Information

Advising Services
Emma Derisi
Academic Counselor
College Center for Advising Services
312 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-2354 

Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections
Ellen Cole, Senior Advisor
Laura Jones, Senior Advisor
Gwen M. Greene Center
4-200 Dewey Hall
(585) 275-2366

Sample Participating Companies

  • Air Products
  • Broadcom Corp
  • City Public Service
  • GE Aircraft Engines
  • GE Power Systems
  • General Electric
  • Harris RF
  • Head Counsel, Inc.
  • IBM Almaden
  • NASA Glenn Research
  • NASA
  • Nextel
  • Sun Microsystems
  • UR Clinical Trials
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"Throughout college, I had a growing interest in the African continent. Thanks to the University of Rochester's diverse student body, I met plenty of other Africans outside my country of origin, Tunisia, and started to notice the similarities and differences. Given my Computer Science background, I wanted to spend more time researching the role of technology in these countries, and the potential that tech entrepreneurship can have in solving local problems and scaling initiatives across the continent. The Industry Practicum enabled me to to travel to 14 countries, research +1500 businesses, and work directly with +200 entrepreneurs. This experience validated my passion for the continent and helped me ask the right questions. I now have a much clearer idea of what I want my contribution to be and where I can have the biggest impact."

Anis Kallel, BS Computer Science and BA Business, 2017