Originally Posted by julianface
What's the point of co-op if you have to find a job yourself?
Personally I didn't do co-op, but I'd argue that one of the best lessons you can get out of the co-op program is locating, applying for and obtaining positions on your own. No one's going to spoon feed you once you graduate. The co-op office is there to support you in your search, provide help with your resume, interview skills, etc and facilitate the relationship between the companies and the school - but it's up to you, your ambition and your skill set to get yourself the job.
Some other pluses... Most employers look positively on relevant work experience on graduation. Co-op positions are normally better paid than "summer student" positions as a portion of the wages are subsidized for the company (= more $$ for you!) Did I mention relevant work experience?