Now that you have read the basic program requirements and work/study schedule, let's take a look at how you actually get placed.
The co-op staff spends a great deal of time developing jobs that are related to students' majors and career goals. We conduct web searches, directed mailings, telephone searches, advertising, seek help from alumni, and try to expand within companies. We work hard to ensure that each job has the potential for you to apply and expand upon classroom theory.
Once jobs are developed, we email you job descriptions and help you prioritize which ones are most suitable for your interests, skill level, and location. We do this in several ways:
Assuming that you meet all of the employers qualifications (GPA, skills, completed course work, work experience, citizenship, transportation, willingness to relocate, etc.) your resume will be sent to the employers by the co-op staff. The co-op office keeps a record of where resumes have been sent.
It is a good idea to check where your resume has been sent in case an employer contacts you directly. If you should hear from an employer, please keep the co-op staff informed.
Interviews may be conducted in the following ways: on campus, over the telephone, or directly on the job site. On campus and telephone interviews are arranged by the co-op staff. Employers may contact you directly to arrange a site interview. When this occurs, contact the Co-op Office as soon as possible. When scheduling site interviews, it is critically important to act in a timely and professional manner. If you have questions about how to handle a particular situation, please consult a member of the co-op staff.
If you attend all preparation meetings, communicate regularly with the co-op staff, read the handouts we provide, and review company literature, you should be well prepared to meet employers. However, if you would like actual interviewing practice, you can arrange to have a mock interview with a member of the staff. You alone have to convince an interviewer that you will be able to meet the employer's expectations.
Simply meeting Stevens basic requirements may not be enough for you to get the co-op job you really want. Since the majority of the co-op assignments are in the NJ area, a driver's license and a car are extremely helpful because they enable you to reach more locations. In addition, employers look for successful behaviors: