Cooperative Education Student Employment

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Join the Student Center - Central Reservations Office (CRO) Team as a Cooperative Education Event Assistant!

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education (Co-op) provides practical work experience in an occupation or profession. The co-op work experience is typically full-time and is a six (6) month commitment, with the ability to renew for up to two (2) years. During a co-op, students may only take a part-time courseload in order to best support academic balance. Junior or senior year would be the best time for the most rewarding experience, especially if only taking one co-op rotation.

Co-op experience helps you...

  • Gain valuable career-related experience.
  • Expand knowledge of career options in your field.
  • Develop a clearer picture of your personal career direction.
  • Increase confidence in your skills and abilities.
  • Make classroom learning more interesting.
  • Strengthen your resume.
  • Cultivate important professional contacts for the future.

Although co-ops are not required, it is strongly recommended for all students to gain valuable work experience prior to completing their education. Internships are typically shorter in duration; either full-time in the summer or part-time during the semester.

Co-ops may also be used to fulfill the internship or field practicum requirements that are required by certain majors for graduation. You would need to discuss this possibility with your advisor so the proper arrangements can be made to receive credit.

The Student Center reviews Co-op applications on a rolling basis for the next semester. If actively hiring, open positions would be posted on Handshake, via the Career Development Office. Every student has an account in Handshake and can apply to positions, as well as, create and post a resume, cover letter, etc. Please review other pertinent information about Cooperative Education positions HERE.

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to:

Laura Whittemore, Associate Director of the Student Center

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. The start date is Monday, January 3, 2022.


Overall Description:

The Central Reservations Office Event Assistant provides general clerical support services and assistance in the Central Reservations Office. The Event Assistant acts as the receptionist for clients via incoming telephone calls and in-person walk-ins, as well as reviewing online requests via email or the VirtualEMS reservation system. The Event Assistant checks facility availability and makes simple reservations for meetings forwarding more complex events to the Event Coordinators. Assists in follow-up with Service Managers on event details to assure services are scheduled and provided. Individual assists with reports development and distribution to appropriate offices.

Specific Duties:

  1. Receives clients by phone, email, walk-in, or Virtual request, verifying client’s eligibility for use of University facilities under current policies.
  2. Shall check availability of facilities and make initial bookings, completing those that are for simple meetings and forwarding complex events to the Event Coordinators.
  3. Assist in developing detailed setup diagrams for events when needed, via Microsoft Visio, and distribute them to appropriate staff.
  4. Assist with placing service orders with Service Managers for upcoming events and to make sure all funding approval request information is entered.
  5. Assist in maintaining both on-line and hard copy files for the Central Reservations Office.
  6. Assist in production of various reports from automated EMS and distributes them to appropriate departments.
  7. May be assigned other duties as needed and appropriate to classification.

Skills & Experience:

  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills as much of the work involves direct client contacts from both on and off campus.
  2. Good understanding of general office procedures.
  3. Familiarity with use of computer database and Microsoft Office (training on specific programs will be provided).
  4. Excellent organizational skills.


  • 35 hours per week
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 am. – 4:30 p.m.


Virtual EMS - Reservations at CCSU

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CRO only closes when the University is closed. Please see the Academic Calendar for these dates.

General Inquiries

Central Reservations Office