Cooperative Education (co-op) Program: The co-op program is a work-study opportunity modeled after Pitt’s existing co-op program. This program is a cooperative endeavor between SCUPI and industry that emphasizes both study and internship. Students can obtain work experience that partnering companies offer. Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh gathered over the past 25 years show that participating students obtain better job opportunities and receive higher starting salaries. Most of the placement efforts will be integrated with the co-op program to optimally benefit the students. Participating in a co-op not only prepares students for their professional careers, but allows them to put classroom learning into practice and develop connections to industry. Each student will have a co-op advisor to aid in placement.