Need Top Talent?
Rensselaer prepares students for rewarding careers in the work world, including co-ops and internships through The Arch. The on-campus Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) will help connect you with future professionals who are motivated and skilled.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. With over 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world.
Rensselaer faculty and alumni represent:
- 86 members of the National Academy of Engineering
- 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences
- 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 8 members of the National Academy of Medicine
- 8 members of the National Academy of Inventors
- 5 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
- 6 National Medal of Technology winners
- 5 National Medal of Science winners
- 1 Nobel Prize winner in Physics
The New Polytechnic
Transformative in the global impact of research, in its innovative pedagogy, and in the lives of students, The New Polytechnic is an emerging paradigm for teaching, learning, and research at Rensselaer. This unique approach enhances the professional portfolio of our future leaders.
Our employer partners rank Rensselaer among the best schools in the country to fulfill their recruiting needs.
Top of Class
Rensselaer has always been a living laboratory of collaboration, innovation, and technology. These qualities are all made manifest in our students. Over
60 percent attending Rensselaer were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, with an average SAT score of 1400. U.S. News & World Report ranked Rensselaer 42nd among U.S. research universities.
Students in the Arch program are seeking experiential opportunities for the fall or spring semester of their junior year. These students are available for full time opportunities (a minimum of 10 weeks and/or 260 hours is required).
The restructuring of the academic calendar to include a summer semester provides employers with the opportunity to select from a larger pool of rising juniors who are seeking full-time opportunities during their fall or spring semester.
Internships are paid or unpaid* experiential opportunities typically lasting Fall or Spring Semester (a minimum of 10 weeks and/or 260 hours is required)
*Unpaid Internships: The CCPD strongly encourages all employers to carefully review the US Department of Labor's Criteria for Unpaid Interns before making an offer of employment.
A full-time paid experience lasting 6-8 months.
For additional guidelines or to learn more please visit the cooperative education page: https://info.rpi.edu/career-development/employers/#CooperativeEducationProgram.
Advanced Knowledge and Experience
Students participating in The Arch receive an exceptional educational experience during this pivotal time in their life. The advanced academic calendar allows them to focus on specialized skills and experiences that enhance their professional portfolio.
Rensselaer values its relationships with companies and organizations. The Center for Career and Professional Development supports this by helping to develop relationships between students and employers for a wide range of employment opportunities.
- Fall (late August–December)
- Spring (January–May)
- Summer (Mid-May–August)
Fields of Recruitment
- Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
- IT and Web Science
Interested in learning more about the recruiting at Rensselaer and how your company can recruite students in the Arch program? Get started today by contacting our employer relations team to create a customized recruitment plan that meets your hiring goals: http://bit.ly/recruitatRPI.
Rensselaer sophomores will participate in The Arch the summer after their sophomore spring. Students will then take a fall or spring semester away in their junior year to particiapte in an experiential learning opportunity.
Students are available for summer opportunities following their first-year and junior year at Rensselaer. To build a pipeline of talent, employers are encouraged to:
- Partner with faculty on research
- Serve as guest lecturers for classes
- Provide input on curriculum development
- Partner with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) to serve as sponsors and presenters of professional development programming
- Engage students on campus through informational sessions and career fairs
Employers select from a larger pool of rising juniors seeking full-time opportunities who have advanced knowledge, specialized skills, and are prepared to embrace a transformative experience aligned with their career aspirations.
The co-op program at Rensselaer will not change. Undergraduate students who participate will continue to be required to have a work experience that spans one semester and one summer (terms do not have to be consecutive). For example:
- Spring-Summer Co-op (January through August)
- Summer-Fall Co-op (June through December)
- Fall Co-op; Spring Classes; Summer Co-op (or similar arrangement)