17, No. 6 November 2, 2000 Issue
Co-op program ready to blow into Windy City
By Amy Geiszler-Jones
The cooperative education internship program is getting ready to hit the road again, this time to Chicago, in hopes of finding more employers for the hundreds of students it serves each year.
Last year for the first time, the program, which is the largest in the state and one of the regions biggest, put together a road trip that allowed 37 engineering, business and computer science majors to visit six prominent, high-tech employers in Houston.
While co-op has steadily gained employers growing from 44 companies in 1979 to more than 425 last year it needs more positions, says director Connie Dietz. The popular program has long had more students interested in participating than it has positions for.
"The road trips offer a chance for students to check out potential employers and vice versa through on-site visits," Dietz says.
Thirty-nine students from the colleges of fine arts and business and the sport administration program will set their sights on Chicago Nov. 11-14. Among the employers theyll visit are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Federal Reserve Bank, Ernst & Young, the FDIC, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls.
As hoped, last years road trip resulted in three placements during the spring and summer semesters.
The co-op program plans to sponsor these road trips annually. Every other year the destination will be Houston. Other metropolitan cities such as Denver, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Mo., will be visited in the alternating years.
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