Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Information Science

The Co-op Program for Information Science Students:

• Information Science students tend to start a co-op during their junior year of studies. Students complete two work rotations (each a semester long) and can earn two credits towards an elective. Students can start a co-op at the beginning of a fall, spring or summer semester.
• Information Sciences (IS) students can consider a dual rotation of 8 consecutive months or the traditional schedule of two alternating rotations in which a student will alternate between work and school. A co-op schedule can be approved prior to considering what schedules are preferred by different employers. Rotations are typically with the same employer which allows job duties to increase as the student’s knowledge and skills progress.
• Students with information science knowledge can gain co-op experience in many areas, including but not limited to: web development, software development, networking, testing, consulting and telecommunications .

Department Information:

Mary Koller is the BSIS Student Advisor and can approve co-op schedules for undergraduates looking to participate. If you are interested in the co-op program, your first point of contact should be with the Co-op office in 152D Benedum Hall. However, Ms. Koller can assist you on the academic side of scheduling classes pending your desired co-op schedule.

What information science students are saying about their co-ops:

“It conditioned me to understand how business/corporations work better, gave me a more diverse background on working with different types of people, and gave me exposure to another element in the professional field, manufacturing. I worked with one of the leading companies in their field.”

-Masheed Ahadi, BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC

“I have learned many skills that I will be able to use as a professional and it also showed me what my strengths are. The assignment taught me more about information science as well as communicating with different personalities.”

- Christina Morse, U.S. Steel