Duplicate: Why Should YOU Participate?
Your participation in co-op will offer you a myriad of opportunities that will be beneficial to you both now and in the future. Those benefits include:
- Having an early opportunity to confirm your choice of major
- Gaining major-related work experience prior to graduation through growth with an employer
- Increasing your understanding of classroom theory through practical experience
- Earning the cooperative plan diploma, highly value by employers
- Enhancing your marketability to employers upon graduation
- Understanding workplace culture and competencies
- Exploring career goals and options
- Evaluating your personal strengths and weaknesses and having the opportunity to improve on those weaknesses
- Sharpening your interpersonal skills
- Maturing as a professional
- Networking with other professionals in your field
- Building a great resume for the future
- Earning a competitive wage while learning
Because you will be registered in a tuition-free co-op course while working, you will retain your full-time student status. This status will allow you additional benefits, such as having your experience recorded on your transcript with no interruptions to your Georgia Tech enrollment, being retained on your parents' insurance policies, being able to participate in sporting events and other activities, use of campus housing and other facilities, and more.
In addition to the above, students participating in the Georgia Tech Global Research & Internship program will have the added benefits of:
- Getting cross-cultural exposure by living and working in an international location
- Improving foreign language skills
- Gaining access to jobs not available in the U.S. marketplace
- Preparing for success in a global economy
Work abroad jobs can count toward the co-op designation at Georgia Tech.
Each year over a million new college graduates prepare a resume, put on their new suits, and go job hunting. Most of them have hardy handshakes, but few have what employers want most---practical work experience. Co-op and Intern students graduate with more than a degree. They have practical knowledge and a competitive advantage in today's job market.