Cooperative Education is a program available at Millersville University. The co-op experience is a learning approach that interweaves college studies with alternating cycles of working experience in business, industry, or government. Through the co-op office and the department co-op coordinator (Dr. Jeremiah Mbindyo) students are placed in a variety of chemistry-related jobs in industry, locally, and throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania region.
As a result of the co-op experience students acquire invaluable practical experience in chemistry prior to obtaining a degree so that upon graduation, the student is more knowledgeable about his/her chosen career and is more employable because of the experience gained. Salary is earned during the co-op, which defrays a large percentage of the cost of the college education. Students learn how to prepare a resume and to interview for a job, two more important advantages of the co-op program.
The student is evaluated during the co-op experience both by the employment supervisor and by the faculty coordinator. The chemistry department awards academic credit (up to 6 credits) for the experience, which can be counted toward normal graduation requirements. A basic requirement for participating chemistry majors is that they must have finished at least three semesters of study before applying for a co-op job, and thereafter would normally alternate semesters of work and study until graduation. It helps to have a good quality point average.
Please contact Dr. Jeremiah Mbindyo (717-872-3736) for further details of the program.