It is tempting to want to find a co-op position at a large company. From what my friends have told me, they often find themselves lost in a sea of thousands of co-workers to do remedial work. INPO’s greatest asset is the small nature of the company. Co-workers in the IT department, and the people throughout the company as a whole, are nothing but supportive and willing to offer advice and words of wisdom. Being a smaller company, a co-op job at INPO is one of importance and people will look for you to solve real problems in a timely manner. The team of co-ops you work with will prove to be friends for life by the time you complete your co-op assignment.
My time at INPO has literally taught me everything I know about computer troubleshooting and computer configurations. While the job would otherwise be filled by permanent employees at other companies, INPO decided long ago to take college students in to give them professional education. From the day I first interviewed with INPO, it was stressed that I was there to learn and that my mistakes, if any, were part of the learning process. Part of the education process was growing my leadership skills and communication skills, for which I am thankful for and will serve me well as I apply for my first job out of college. The permanent employees of INPO never treated me in any way other than as an equal, and the experience you can glean from them is limitless. Expressing desire to expand your knowledge outside of your job description is not only encouraged, but someone will be there to help you grow if you show the interest to do so.
INPO is the best thing that happened to me, because it prepared me not only as a professional but as a person. INPO gave me every resource necessary to grow in exchange for a good attitude and good effort. I could not imagine a better job to start my career as an IT professional than in one designed to foster the way INPO does.