The Summer Co-op Program is an educational immersion program that allows rising juniors and seniors to receive career training from professionals and learn from hands-on company assignments. The idea to develop the program was originally researched and proposed to offer an enriching professional opportunity for students unlike any other in the independent school arena. Head of School Larry Van Meter’s vision was to partner with area businesses
in South Jersey and Philadelphia willing to extend their resources and time to provide a collaborative learning environment for MFS students.
Unlike traditional summer internships, the Co-op Program offers students structured support to navigate through the working world, including: an introductory workplace etiquette workshop to review communication, dress, contemporary workplace issues, resume writing, interviewing skills, working within a team environment, professional writing, and understanding corporate culture; weekly reviews and feedback from company hosts and a co-op supervisor to gauge progress, engagement, and satisfaction; and a required concluding presentation for students to summarize their goals, insights, and achievements. In its pilot year in 2016, the Co-op Program was led jointly by Director of Auxiliary Programs Martha Cameron and Co-op Program Coordinator Charles Isdell.
Successful completion of the Co-op Program will appear on student transcripts. The program will be graded on a pass/fail basis. All students will also be required to compose a written closing reflection about their experience which will be coupled with the concluding oral presentation.
Past co-op experiences include:
- A competitive analysis project for BAYADA Home Health Care at their office in Philadelphia
- Rotation through several functions of the Human Resources department, with a focus on recruitment, at Republic Bank headquarters in Philadelphia
- A Comcast Sales & Marketing HR department rotation, with a focus on competitor research to build an HR plan for the launch of Xfinity Mobile
- Legal and policy work at the non-profit organization, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance
- Exposure to the finance world and daily trading process at Friedenthal Financial
The 2018 Co-op Program will run from July 9 – August 3, 2018. The cost for 2018 is $1,600. Interested students should submit an application by Friday, February 23, 2018. The selection process is based on academic/co-curricular record and an interview.