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Swathi Jagannath on Graduate Co-op

Leonara Miller and Swathi Jagannath
Swathi Jagannath (right) works with Leonora Miller (left) while on graduate co-op at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Graduate student Swathi Jagannath and Leonara Miller, IS Business Operations Manager and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), discuss graduate co-op at CHOP. 

Swathi Jagannath, MS, CHOP-IS Innovation Excellence Program Co-op Student

"[While on co-op] I learned a lot of technical skills that I was able to apply to use new software. Also, I learned time management and meeting management skills that helped me successfully meet my deliverables. Co-op has helped me narrow my career goals. I now know what it means to be a Systems Analyst. Going to school alone would not have helped me. My advice for graduate students considering graduate co-op is to ask questions during the interview process, choose an employer who has a track record of growing and developing their staff, and interact with people and build a network."

Leonora Miller, Manager, IS Business Operations at CHOP

"I have hired graduate co-op students because, during their interview, they articulated that their educational background along with their skill set would support the business need for our strategic projects. I recommend graduate co-op students to other employers because the graduate students have demonstrated a willingness to learn; possess a great business ethic and have embraced our projects. I consider hiring graduate students as a pipeline to future full-time hires. Students who have proven themselves during their co-op assignment by applying their education along with effectively utilizing our tools, adapting to our work culture and who have an ability to work with others would be a great asset to our department."