Co-op Opportunities

 The Allegheny Lab for Innovation & Creativity Co-op:

How the liberal arts are LIVED in the world

The Allegheny Lab for Innovation & Creativity Co-op gives Allegheny Gators the skills required to be emerging leaders capable of making transformational contributions to their organizations. From building technical skills informed by the best creative and critical thinking abilities that the Liberal Arts have to offer, to connecting with employers, alumni, and unexpected mentors, our co-op sets Allegheny students up for personal and professional success. Students enter the workforce with a world-class Allegheny education backed by the technical skills to make an immediate impact the moment they arrive.

We partner with industry leaders in identifying technologies and tools that they deem vital to their operations, and train Allegheny students in their use through low-stakes pass/fail, 2-credit, half-semester courses taught by our industry partners. These courses are pathways for our partners to hire interns and employees that are already up to speed on in-demand tools and technologies. Each course is co-taught by an Allegheny professor.

Contact Prof. Byron Rich for info.


Registration is now open via Self Service. No permissions or prerequisites are required!

Spring 2023 Module A Courses:

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Integrated Marketing Pt. I – EXL100.A2

Bullmoose Marketing

Instructor: Ron Mattocks
Schedule: T/Th 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Bull Moose Marketing’s experiential learning program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world marketing skills through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on application. The program consists of 2 hours of classroom instruction where students will be exposed to various aspects of marketing to include brand messaging, content development, social media marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), marketing technology applications, and marketing analytics which they will then use to build a marketing strategy for an area business as part of a group project that requires up to 4 hours of work per week out of the classroom. Students will use abstract concepts to build an actionable strategy with relevant marketing tactics. Those who successfully complete the program will gain marketing knowledge and experience that will make them more competitive in today’s job market.

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Creative Technology in Advertising –EXL100.A3

Instructor: Matthew Pegula, DEEPLOCAL
Schedule: M/W 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Explore the ways engineers, designers, and artists come together to use technology as creative marketing tools. No experience required!
deeplocal.com

House Museums and Exhibiting History – EXL100.A5

Instructor: Josh Sherretts
Schedule: T/Th 8:00 am – 9:20 am

A seminar examining the complexities of curating and managing public history sites and museums using assets of the Crawford County Historical Society as models. Students will investigate the intricacies of historic house museums, adapting to an exhibit gallery that is less flexible and more challenging than a traditional museum. Students will address multiple layers of museum management including planning, label scriptwriting, exhibit opening planning, sponsorship and budgeting, marketing, and artifact handling. Some classes may be off-campus at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum.

Spring 2023 Module B Courses:

Times, instructors and course section forthcoming.

Descriptions:

House Museums and Exhibiting History

A seminar examining the complexities of curating and managing public history sites and museums using assets of the Crawford County Historical Society as models. Students will investigate the intricacies of historic house museums, adapting to an exhibit gallery that is less flexible and more challenging than a traditional museum. Students will address multiple layers of museum management including planning, label scriptwriting, exhibit opening planning, sponsorship and budgeting, marketing, and artifact handling. Some classes may be off-campus at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum.

 

Industry-standard 3D Design 

An exploration of the fundamentals of designing products and components. Students learn the fundamentals of using industry-standard design software for aerospace and industrial design applications through a series of critical and creative projects. No prior experience required.

 

Quality Assurance for Aerospace Applications (New)

An introduction to the field of quality assurance in aerospace. Students will learn how to use precision tools and techniques to determine the output quality of aerospace components used in aircraft and space exploration applications. No prior experience required.

 

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship as Community-building Tools (New)

An exploration of the ways that small business owners and entrepreneurs play a role in developing vibrant communities. Students will learn how communities like Meadville can be revitalized through the emergence of thriving small businesses, and the ways in which entrepreneurs can play a role in building community through a series of site visits and guest lectures. No prior experience required.

 

Non-profit Grant Writing (New)

An introduction to the craft of writing grant applications for non-profit organizations. Students will learn how to identify grants applicable to their non-profit, and how to craft successful applications through a series of workshops and hands-on experiences with non-profit leaders from our region. No prior experience required.

Fall 2022 Module B Courses:

Building a Culture of Change Through Community Planning – EXL100.B1

Instructor: Zach Norwood – Crawford county Planning Director

Schedule: M/W 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

A study of what makes a place great to live, work, and play. Through a combination of independent and group activities, students learn how the field of community planning has changed the landscape of American communities.  The classroom experience, where students discuss planning events and theories, is supplemented with speakers working in the field.

Fall 2022 Module A Courses:

House Museums and Exhibiting History – EXL100.A1

Instructor: Josh Sherretts
Schedule: T/Th 8:00 am – 9:20 am

A seminar examining the complexities of curating and managing public history sites and museums using assets of the Crawford County Historical Society as models. Students will investigate the intricacies of historic house museums, adapting to an exhibit gallery that is less flexible and more challenging than a traditional museum. Students will address multiple layers of museum management including planning, label scriptwriting, exhibit opening planning, sponsorship and budgeting, marketing, and artifact handling. Some classes may be off-campus at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum.

Bull Moose Marketing Logo

Integrated Marketing Pt. I – EXL100.A2

Bullmoose Marketing

Instructor: Ron Mattocks
Schedule: T/Th 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Bull Moose Marketing’s experiential learning program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world marketing skills through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on application. The program consists of 2 hours of classroom instruction where students will be exposed to various aspects of marketing to include brand messaging, content development, social media marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), marketing technology applications, and marketing analytics which they will then use to build a marketing strategy for an area business as part of a group project that requires up to 4 hours of work per week out of the classroom. Students will use abstract concepts to build an actionable strategy with relevant marketing tactics. Those who successfully complete the program will gain marketing knowledge and experience that will make them more competitive in today’s job market.

Visit Bull Moose Marketing

deeplocal logo

Creative Technology in Advertising –EXL100.A3

Instructor: Matthew Pegula, DEEPLOCAL
Schedule: M/W 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Explore the ways engineers, designers, and artists come together to use technology as creative marketing tools. No experience required!
deeplocal.com

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Cinematic Music Composition – EXL100.A4

Instructor: Brian Freeland, Whitethorn Games
Schedule: M/W 4:00-5:20 pm

Experience the ins and outs of the modern music industry for cinematic composers, and how to implement the tools available to bring your musical ideas to life using Presonus Studio One. No experience required!
whitethorndigital.com

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Solidworks – Industry-standard 3D Design – EXL100.A5

Instructor: Tom Swanberg, Acutec Precision Aerospace
Schedule: T/Th 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Learn the fundamentals of using Solidworks, the industry-standard design software for the aerospace and industrial design industries. No experience required!
acutecprecision.com

 

Contact Professor Byron Rich to register or for more information.


Student Feedback:

Acutec Precision – Solidworks

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The Acutec internship provided me with a unique opportunity of using industry-standard software, and developing a basis of motor skills in terms of understanding a project and being able to replicate it using tools while under the guidance of a professional engineer who is active and involved in making you better. From an interdisciplinary perspective, this internship not only provided me confidence that I am able to research machinery in order to fix/solve problems actively, but it also drew my interest into finding more projects to learn about and craft on my own. For instance, over break, I designed and crafted models for various furniture I designed, built and understood the components of my own personal computer, and now I am looking into modifying my car. Design and engineering are core components to how we view the world and going along with the social awareness I develop in other Allegheny classes and readings, I am able to bring this perspective into crafted designs. I make this point not to achieve some moral high ground of what I do, but to emphasize that this class is beneficial professionally and caters to the critical thinking Allegheny student.
– Finn Dugan, 2022