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Combined co‑op office fosters fresh opportunities

Posted by Jennifer Moore on July 23, 2013 in Students

Co-op students in Science, Engineering and Computer Science will notice a new title for their co-op office this July.

The three programs are joining forces to form the Science, Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) Co-op Office. The merger aims to enhance the student learning experience across the 25 co-op disciplines it will serve.

“The co-op experience has proven its worth for students looking to gain an edge in today’s job market,” explains Carolyn Watters, vice-president academic and provost. “With co-op enrollment up, we’re looking for new ways to attract employers while providing the same high-quality support for our students. By merging, the office can share best practices and collaborate on a new level.”

Over the past two years, 937 students in these programs completed 1,699 work terms. To achieve this 94.7% employment rate, the program advertised 5,857 jobs, processed 21,615 job applications and   scheduled 4,115 interviews. Increased student demand has led to expanding the office —384 students are on work terms this summer, compared to 239 in 2010.

While the office title change may be the most noticeable difference, computer science students will now have the option to use the existing LeMerchant Street Science Co-op Office for co-op services and job interviews. Current science co-op students may now access both offices and will notice several new work term procedures.

Anne-Marie Coolen, director of the merged offices, anticipates an increase in the quality and variety of job opportunities following the merger.

“We’re happy to assure current co-op students and employers that they can depend on the same services and programs that help make Dalhousie co-op students a top pick for employers,” says Coolen. “Moving forward, we’re looking for ways to improve our services and continue to help our students succeed in their work terms and throughout their careers.”

Although there are some new faces among co-op staff, student and employer contacts within the office remain unchanged. The SITE Co-op Office expects to unveil a new website in late 2013.

For information on Dalhousie’s Engineering and Computer Science co-op programs, visit