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Graduate Co-op

Before accepting your offer, you need to discuss the opportunity with the graduate program director. You will need to provide them with the following information:
1. Company name
2. Description of the duties of the position
3. Dates of employment
4. The number of hours you are expected to work each week

Once you have discussed your co-op with the graduate program director, you must complete the following steps:

  • Go to
  • Select 'Student.'
  • Select 'Report Co-op or Internship' on the left-hand side of the page.
  • Log-in with your RIT username and password and complete the form.
  • Once your co-op is registered and approved and through the Co-op Office, you will be manually registered in SIS.
  • If you are enrolled in classes for the term, email You will need to let the office know if you would like to be dropped from all classes or if you want to stay in one course while you are on co-op.

If you are an international student, you will also need an offer letter from the company for the International Student Services Office. ISS will update your visa and immigration documents after you are enrolled in SIS.

The enrollment process from when you enter your co-op information into Handshake to when you are enrolled in SIS may take one or two weeks. If you are not enrolled after two weeks, email the office.

Co-op is registered on your schedule as a zero credit class. While on co-op, you are considered a full-time student. However, during co-op, students are not eligible to receive financial aid, including private alternative loans. Contact your Financial Aid counselor with any questions.

If you need to be registered for co-op after the add/drop date. The SE Office submits a Late Add/Drop Form to the GCCIS Dean’s Office. They then approve the late add and forward the form to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will then enroll you. This process is much slower and it could take several days to enroll you in SIS.

Register your co-op within one week of accepting a position. If you do not register your co-op promptly, you are putting your health insurance, financial aid and student loans at risk.

Co-op Prerequisites

All graduate students must complete two semesters of full-time academic study within the Software Engineering Department before going on co-op. All co-op positions must be full-time (at least 35 hours per week) and be paid.

Graduate students may not take more than three terms of co-op.