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 OUR CO-OP CLOSE-UPS PROVIDE AN UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL LOOK AT STUDENTS FROM A RANGE OF CO-OP PROGRAMS.
RYAN LEE
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
“Co-op was an extremely positive opportunity to reshape the way I understand my communication studies and career potential. In two years with three organizations, I contributed to projects with posAbilities, a local non-profit organization, championed work-integrated learning in higher- education at SFU, and supported nationwide communications for SAP, a global software company. I’ve learned a tremendous amount, and three key lessons have been to stay curious, keep humble, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.”
THOMAS MASTROMONACO
WESTERN DIGITAL THAILAND / UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
“As an engineering student at the University of Victoria I had the opportunity to fulfill my co-operative education requirements working at Western Digital Thailand. I automated testing procedures using computer vision as a member of the Test Equipment Engineering team. The friends and memories I made during my time in Thailand will be with me for the rest of my life and for that, I am thankful.”
EMILY MILLS
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Emily completed a co-op at the Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit. Her deliverable was a fully designed mobile application targeted for subjects in clinical trials. She collaborated with software development interns to design and develop a working prototype, applying her development background to her design approach. This helped her understand the development team’s process, and ensured her designs were achievable for her team.
P. MONAMA
VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
“I am a Public relations graduate from Vaal University of Technology. My ability to work with people and with my confidence are the main reasons I gravitated towards pursuing this course. I found my experience with the Co-operative Education Department to be very exhilarating. I was always encouraged to voice out my opinions and suggestions for the Department. I was let in on the cultures of the Department, which promoted mutual respect, unity and spirit of team work.”
RICHARD O’REGAN
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA
“Design thinking is a powerful tool, and the chance to apply it to an active and prevalent industry problem (the levels of trust in private health insurance) was an unmissable opportunity. Implementing theory from my Bachelor of Visual Communication (Honours) in a real-world context with the health insurance organisation ‘nib’ was a mutually beneficial experience. Through research, we were able to understand the problem from multiple perspectives and in doing so, design exciting solutions that addressed multiple stakeholder needs.”
MANUEL PICHLER
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES/ FH JOANNEUM
The co-op program has allowed Manuel to pursue a master’s in engineering plus work as an industrial engineer and project leader at Payer Medical, a manufacturer of components for medical devices. With the help of his studies, Manuel was able to successfully head the transfer of production equipment from Hungary to Austria within six weeks, after only a short company training. Since Manuel enjoys helping others, he’s gotten involved in math tutoring in his spare time, as well as providing support during math and physics lessons.
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