Starting with this Spring 2015 semester, Hofstra University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) is offering a co-operative educational program, giving qualified students real work experience at engineering and technology firms. For this inaugural term, more than 15 engineering co-op positions are available to students, both in the local area and outside the region.
A January 28 informational meeting to discuss the co-op program drew an audience of more than 40 students to Weed Hall. It is anticipated that by the Fall 2015 semester there will be additional co-op positions available to engineering students who qualify to participate. By the Spring 2016 semester, opportunities will be extended to computer science majors.
SEAS students in the co-op program will be hired by a participating company after the fall or spring semester of their junior year, and then they will work on salary for a 6-8 month period in a field related to their degree program. After the completion of the co-op experience, students return to Hofstra to complete their degree requirements.
This experience may lead to full-time job offers from companies which have had the opportunity to evaluate the potential and skills of their co-op employee. At a minimum, students have evidence of professional experience listed on their resume when they seeking employment after graduation. The program has the added benefit of cementing ties between Hofstra SEAS and technology companies.
The Director of the SEAS Co-Op Program is Philip Coniglio, who has more than 40 years’ experience as an engineering and operation executive on Long Island. For more information contact Mr. Coniglio at 516-463-5548 or by email.