Relevant experience is one of the most important things employers look for in their entry-level candidates. This experience can come from previous jobs, internships, coursework, service-learning, volunteer or community service projects, or co-op opportunities. Although all of these experiences can provide the relevant experience required to get hired in today's job market, students who have completed a co-op are oftentimes viewed as better prepared for jobs offered in their specific field of interest.
There are a number of colleges and universities that roll co-op programs right into their curriculum. When participating in these types of programs, students usually need to complete five years in their undergraduate program. Since co-ops are typically paid, these opportunities are a great way for students to get their foot in the door of an employer that they would eventually like to work for.