The assessment of the co-op experience begins during the co-op employment period and continues upon a student’s return to campus, in a brief, 5-6 week, highly interactive seminar. Through facilitated, in-class discussions, presentations, and individual consultation with their co-op coordinator, students identify and articulate in writing their professional and technical skills, expand their professional networks, gain an introduction to professional ethics, and explore how they can leverage their co-op employment into future work environments and their academic program at UMass Lowell.