Ann Keeling, associate director, division of professional practice, University of Cincinnati, believes that the extended college year is one of the reasons co-op programs have low minority participation.
"The program is not widely used by African Americans because many are first generation college students and are trying to graduate as quickly as they can.More thought needs to be given to training, and while in college you need to take advantage of all options available."
Choosing the program that is right for you is an important decision.There are several factors most students consider before making a decision.Work experience may be needed to showcase experience in your resume and make you more marketable.
Echoing the same sentiment, Keeling
explains that the integration of classroom instruction and practical training in a structured environment gives you the opportunity to test out your major prior to graduation.
"A co-op program paints a more vivid picture of what individuals do in certain professions.Once you experience a certain job environment and see what that job entails, you may not like it.At least you'll have the option to change your career path if it's not what you want to do.Keeling also mentions "the real benefit of this program is that you are able to acquire work experience that gives you more advantage than a four-year graduate without work experience, thereby, making you more attractive to prospective employers and competitive in the job market."
Anderson takes this thought a step further by explaining that employers want to see that you've had some type of job experience before they consider you for an internship.