Soaring to new heights

On-campus co-op students enjoy unique job opportunities

Carleton students Velian Pandeliev and Andrew Staples are soaring to new heights this summer while completing their co-operative education work terms right here on campus.

The third-year cognitive science students have been working with high-fidelity flight simulators in Professor Chris Herdman’s Aviation and Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab. The job is giving the pair a chance to make links between the computer science and psychology disciplines that are the unique hallmark of the cognitive science program.

“That’s what makes it so appealing,” says Pandeliev. “We’re doing the cognitive psychology side of it working on experiments for the Cessna flight simulator, as well as the computer science side of things by learning about and developing software,” he adds.

Pandeliev and Staples are just two of 54 co-op students who are developing practical skills and getting some unique hands-on work experience with co-op employers at the university this summer.

In fact, approximately 50 co-op students are hired by 20 different campus departments each year. Kerry Eamer, manager of the co-operative education program in the Career Development and Co-operative Education office, appreciates this demonstration of university support for the co-op program, and knows that students derive many benefits from working on campus.

“Our students have access to some unique and amazing work opportunities on campus that other employers can’t offer. The experience the students gain is directly related to their field of study and will give them an edge over the competition when they’re seeking employment after graduation,” says Eamer.

Catharina Israel, a third-year student in public affairs and policy management, agrees, and says she’s using the knowledge she learned in her courses in her work term.

“There’s definitely a link happening,” says Israel, who is responsible for providing demographic analysis and evaluation expertise working for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training—a joint initiative between Carleton and the World Bank. “I can apply a lot of the information that I gained from tutorials and class discussions on this job,” she says.

Apart from enjoying the variety of projects they are working on, Pandeliev and Staples also say they are pleased to be making a contribution to the Carleton community.

“There’s been a revolving door of people from industry coming to see the lab” says Staples. “We’re part of the face of ACE Lab, and we’re putting out a good face for Carleton University too.”

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