Co-op Info for Employers
Cooperative Education is a semester-long course with an academic component taught on-line. This course is taught while students are concurrently accumulating practical on-site training with an employer. While Career Services handles the academic side, our Co-op employers provide the opportunity for students to engage in a paid training experience in fields related to their major while they are pursuing their degrees. Co-op offers a cost-effective way to recruit from a pre-screened candidate pool and permits the evaluation of potential hires without long-term commitment.
As Co-ops are always paid positions, the Co-op course is "0" credits but is documented on the students' academic transcript each semester they are out training. Career Services pre-screens students for good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, completion of at least 45 semester hours of coursework, and an officially accepted/declared status within their major. Cooperative Education may be a one or multi-semester commitment from the employer and the student.
Two plans are available:
- Alternating Plan: students alternate full-time semesters of training (35-40 hours a week per semester) with full-time semesters of study
- Parallel Plan: students work their Co-op assignments on a part-time basis (15-25 hours a week per semester) while taking classes
Co-op students can benefit you by:
- Offering fresh ideas for you work environment
- Freeing-up higher-paid professionals for other assignments
- Providing you with a pipeline of potentially permanent employees
Are you interested and would like to speak to someone within our office? Diane Mellon, Co-op Coordinator and Instructor, can respond to employer questions related to cooperative
- Co-op Recruitment Timeline
- Co-op Employer Expectations
- Steps to Hire a Co-op Student
- Co-op FAQs for Employers