Since 1984 Mount St. Joseph University has recognized an outstanding senior student in the area of cooperative education. This year is no different as the Career & Experiential Education Center works with faculty coordinators and program chairs to select two to four students from each school as nominees for the Co-op of the Year award. Selecting nominees based on fulfillment of requirements, GPA, and number of completed co-op experiences is a difficult task but allows for the large number of students participating in co-op to be narrowed down to around eight outstanding senior students. The award highlights a student that embraces the cooperative education process, showing their professional growth and development, and advancement of skills related to their academic discipline.
Mount St. Joseph’s parallel co-op program is unique in the way that it allows any student from any major to participate in an experiential education opportunity while still completing their regular course load. This allows students to get real world, hands-on experience without delaying their graduation date. This experience gives students a competitive edge when entering the workforce or applying to graduate school programs, as they’ve already established professional skills and built a resume that is reflective of that.
Once nominees for the Co-op of the Year award are selected, their information is passed along to a selection committee made up of members of the Co-op Advisory Board and Mount administrators. This committee is given the task of reviewing the nominees based on student reflections, employer evaluations, faculty coordinator evaluations, program chair nomination, GPA, video interview, and student essays. Committee members follow a rubric as they review each student to determine a winner, using input from many aspects of the student’s cooperative education involvement.
The 2017 winner of the Co-op of the Year award was biology major Katie Taylor, who participated in co-op experiences at both Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation and Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. Katie, who is currently attending The Ohio State University in order to earn her veterinary medicine degree, notes that it was her cooperative education experience that allowed her to build the skills necessary for entering graduate school.
The following students have been nominated for this year’s Co-op of the Year award:
Courtney Brown, Biology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Human Genetics Co-op Student
Emily Hertel, Accounting
Home City Ice, Accounting Intern
Ryan Korengel, Communication & New Media Studies
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Broadcasting Intern
Mount St. Joseph University, Public Relations/Social Media Co-op
The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, Communications Intern
WKRC Television, News Intern
Sydney Reed, Criminology
Home City Ice, HR Assistant
Andi Saylor, Sociology
Mount St. Joseph University, Orientation & Admissions Co-op
People Working Cooperatively, HR Intern
Megan Simmermeyer, English
Mount St. Joseph University, Web Co-op
Sisters of Charity Communications Office, Communications Intern
Emma Sule, English
Mount St. Joseph University, Career & Experiential Education Co-op
Jessica Vogel, Psychology
Envision, Direct Support Professional
The winner of the 2018 Co-op of the Year award will be announced at this year’s Co-op Recognition Dinner on April 17 from 5 to 7:30 pm. All co-op students are invited to attend in celebration of their hard work in cooperative education experiences. Guests can attend for a fee of $25 each. RSVP to confirm attendance through the Career & Experiential Education Center, 513-244-4888 or Career.Center@msj.edu.