Monday, August 27, 2012

RIT Co-op Student E-News | Summer 2012 Issue

Summer 2012 Issue
Co-op Factoids | Making the Most of Your Co-op Tip | Out On Co-op | Harris Names RIT Student Co-op of the Year | 100 Years of Co-op, Share Your Experience | Save the Date | Co-op Kitchen


Alexander Hannan and  Ryan Harriman (Biomedical Photography co-op students at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff) watching an Olympic soccer game this summer in Wales
Number of students on co-op: 2604

Number of students on co-op internationally: 73

Number of companies employing co-op students: 1489

Companies hiring the most students this quarter:
Advance Testing, Amazon, Apple, BorgWarner Morse, Cisco Systems, GE –Aviation, Intel, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase,  Microsoft, MIT Lincoln Labs, MOOG, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, RIT, Thomson Reuters, Toyota, University of Rochester, Vicor, Wegmans, Welch Allyn

Co-op City of Envy:  Cardiff, Wales - how exciting that a couple of our Biomedical Photography co-op students were able to attend the Brazil vs. Egypt soccer match at the Millennium Stadium part of the Olympic Games.

 “What Not to Do Before You Leave Your Co-op”

Your co-op may be ending, winding down or gearing up for the next block. The impression you leave with your employer could have lasting effects on your career - either positively or negatively.
Here are some tips on “What Not to Do” to end your co-op:

Don’t leave your co-op without making connections for networking in the future. Invite your co-workers and supervisors to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can keep in touch with them to learn what new things are happening in the company, learn about job opportunities should you want to work there again, or just to keep in touch.

Don’t leave any loose ends or projects incomplete. Make sure everything you worked on is “buttoned up” nicely and ready for the next person to use or continue working on. One of the worst things that can be said about a co-op or intern after they leave is he or she never finished their projects.

Don’t take anything proprietary with you. Make sure you have returned all software, equipment or other resources to your employer before you leave.

Don’t forget to complete your co-op work report! Do it while it’s fresh in your mind, before your co-op ends. Not completing the report in a timely manner can result in an ‘F’ on your transcript. Also, double check with your supervisor to make sure they have completed the evaluation which also affects your grade. A link to the work report can be found on our website.

Don’t end the co-op without receiving feedback or going over your evaluation with your supervisor. Learning how to receive and integrate constructive criticism will prove important for your future co-ops and full time jobs. In addition to this make sure you get that critical recommendation letter before you go.

Don’t hesitate to say ‘thank you’. A small gesture of thanks goes a long way. Acknowledge your co-workers and supervisors for spending time training and mentoring you. If you did not enjoy your co-op be gracious and say thank you anyway.


Jenna Deutsch, a  Cause Branding Public Relations Intern  
at The Richardson Group in Texas
Name: Jenna Deutsch
Major: Advertising and Public Relations, Marketing Minor
Year: 4th
Company Name: The Richards Group
City: Dallas
State/ or Country: Texas
Job Title: Cause Branding Public Relations Intern

Brief description of your job and responsibilities:
Conduct market research, develop media lists and help to rebrand non-profit organizations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Dallas Foundation and Chinese Lantern Festival. Developed a social media plan to improve @CauseBranding, Richard Partner’s cause marketing Twitter account; post content daily. Proposed strategic public relations tactics for eXile international such as social media, SEO, web page restructuring and unifying the brand.

How did you find the job?:
Googled advertising agencies and PR firms in all major hubs!

Tips or advice for students who will co-op for the first time?
Go in with an open mind, soak everything up like a sponge, don't be afraid to speak up and keep in touch with everyone you meet!

How has co-op benefitted you?
My resume definitely looks much better because of my co-ops and employers always comment on that.  Besides that, co-op has definitely made me more organized and taught me things I would never be able to learn in the classroom.


Eric Maassmann was named Intern of the Year at Harris Corp. and received the award from Sheldon Fox, group president, Government Communications Systems, Harris Corp.  Photo provided by Harris Corp.

Eric Maassmann, a telecommunications engineering technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently named Intern of the Year by Harris Corp. The dual degree student in the company’s Intern Incentive program was recognized for his workplace performance and significant contributions to a project focused on the company’s Domain Name Systems infrastructure. 
 “At the end of the project Eric, on his own accord, went beyond the scope of the project and presented innovative and out-of-the-box ideas on how we could improve the DNS infrastructure,” says Dan Richardson, IP operations engineering team lead, and Maassmann’s supervisor.

“His ideas were forward thinking on how we could improve performance, scalability and security for not only our customer but future customers on our high speed network. Eric’s ideas were received very positively by the team and he was requested to go forth with the implementation of the DNS infrastructure improvements.”
Maassmann, a resident of Round Top, N. Y., is in the dual degree, bachelor and master’s program in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. He expects to graduate in 2013. He worked with Richardson at Harris’ Melbourne, Fla. location since the start of the summer.

“Harris Corporation is an innovative company comprised of many knowledgeable, supportive, and professional individuals,” says Maassmann. “The collaborative environment at Harris has been the prime setting to diversify and develop my skill set. I appreciate and value the opportunities that Harris has given me.”
Students who demonstrate one or more of the Harris Corp. values, such as integrity, delivering customer value and collaboration, are nominated for the internship award. Maassmann was recognized recently at a breakfast with Sheldon Fox, group president, Government Communications Systems.


Can you believe Co-op at RIT is 100 years old this year? RIT is proud to celebrate this anniversary with our students and we invite you to share your co-op experience with us as well as get a chance to win a prize!

Here’s the scoop:
Submit your entry, 100 words minimum with a summary and/or highlights of your unique experience

At the top of your entry, tell us your
-name, major
-employer name and location  
-supervisor’s name and email address
-dates of your co-op
[ info above is not counted as part of the 100 words]

Include a picture of you on the job (but please get OK from employer first!)
Some entries will be published on our web site – so if you send us a blurb we will assume you are OK with it being published
One entry per student, please

The two best entries as judged by our staff will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble!

Email all to  subject line “Career Services-Student 100 Year Co-op Entry” by October 1, 2012.
Share with us and be a part of this once in a lifetime celebration!!


Co-op Student Welcome Back Lunch
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:00 AM-12:59 PM.
Where: SAU Rm 2650

Fall 2012 Career Fair
Student Affinity Group Reception: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Career Fair: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 11am-4pm
Interview Day: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gordon Field House

100 years of Co-op Day of Celebration
October 18th


What student has dined on ramen noodles at some point? Here’s a fast and easy breakfast for the student on the go – it should get you through to lunch time!

Ramen Breakfast Burritos
2 cups water
1 pkg ramen noodles, any flavor you like
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup shredded cheese
hot sauce- (Franks or your favorite kind)
flour tortilla

Bring water to a boil in a small pot, add ramen. While ramen is cooking slowly pour in beaten egg, add seasoning packet, cook for 3 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1 Tablespoon of water. Add cheese and hot sauce (to taste). Fill a warm flour tortilla, wrap and enjoy. Quick and hearty!

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