Sam Edwards ’18, a political economy student, is currently on co-op at Chroma Technology, Corp., in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Working alongside alum Paul Millman ’68, he serves as the Corporate Social Responsibility Intern “primarily helping to develop a written history for the company since its inception in 1991 and fill out an internal audit done by B Corporation that looks very deeply at ethical business practice in terms of their engagement in their communities, treatment of workers, impact on the environment and the fairness in their governance structures.” During his co-op he had the opportunity to attend a workshop in New York City, on Designing Resilience to Climate Change, sponsored by Cooper Hewitt and IBM. College students came together and “explored design thinking and the tools required to meet social, economic, and climate change challenges”.
“While I should have had the sense to realize that design students would be there, it turned out that the workshop had a lot to do with political economy insofar as thinking about systems that don’t exist, how to make them exist, put them together and make them work in response to floods in urban areas and droughts in rural areas,” states Sam.
Tanya Couch serves as the Career Communications Coordinator within the Cooperative Education Program. In this role, Tanya prepares students for post-graduate success, by assisting in career development such as resume building, interviewing skills, online profile development, and providing general advice and guidance how to pursue a full-time work or graduate studies opportunity.