Electrical Engineering Student

Cooperative Overview of Schedules and Work Assignments

All York College engineering students follow a co-op schedule consisting of three co-op semesters beginning with the summer between the 2nd and 3rd year of study.

This schedule provides the employer with: 

  • The ability to budget for a single co-op position to be filled throughout a given calendar year by two different students.
  • A degree of "overlap" for the entering and exiting co-op students to interact with each other. This helps provide for continuity at each transition. (See table below outlining the student schedule.)
1st Year Full Academic Term Full Academic Term  
2nd Year Full Academic Term Full Academic Term CO-OP I
3rd Year Full Academic Term CO-OP II Full Academic Term
4th Year CO-OP III  Full Academic Term  Full Academic Term 
Tyler Laucks

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of work assignments are students capable of at progressive educational levels?

    The goal is to provide each student with significantly challenging engineering work that truly complements the rigor of his/her academic program. Every effort must be made to ensure that work assignments are: 

    • Related to the student's academic and career goals
    • Properly organized with the goals defined during the first week of the student's co-op
    • Planned so that progressively more responsible positions are assigned for each co-op
  • How many weeks will co-op students work for me?

    Students will work a full-time, 40 hour per week schedule for the duration of the academic semester. This will vary depending on the semester of co-op. (Minimum of 12 weeks in the summer and 15 weeks each in the fall and spring.)

  • Can co-op students work beyond the weeks of co-op?

    Extra work is permissible if holidays precede or follow the normal work schedule. Some students remain on part-time during the academic rotation and often return to full-time for their next co-op work assignment.

  • Will an individual student be able to come back for the next co-op?

    Repetitive co-op sessions at the same company are encouraged although some students may elect to broaden their experience by working for multiple companies. The student's return is to be agreed upon by you and the student.

  • What paperwork do I submit to the College?

    An online evaluation of the student is required at the end of the co-op. A faculty advisor will visit the job site about 1/3 through the semester to discuss the co-op progress with the employer and the student.

    A job description should be shared by: 

    • Emailing it to Andrea Lazarus (alazaru2@ycp.edu), Program Assistant Director.
    • Posting it to Handshake (York College's internal job search site) during the hiring process. (Please note we have moved from Spartan Career Path to Handshake as of June 2023.)
Contact Us
Engineering Co-Operative Program

Kelly Arcieri
Engineering Co-op Program Director
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
Phone:  717.815.1733

Andrea Lazarus
Engineering Co-op & Computer Science Internship Program Assistant Director
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
Phone:  717.815.6602