What are the Benefits for an Employer of a Co-op Student?
- Opportunity to evaluate the potential for permanent employment based on performance rather than an interview
- Favorable publicity on campus, affecting students outside the co-op programs as well
- Opportunity to address lower priority projects with lower cost employees
- Co-op students tend to progress faster, go further, and stay longer than employees who did not have a co-op experience.
- Training costs decrease because a substantial portion is done at co-op salary rather than permanent salary.
How the Program Works - Employer Prospective
Employers should provide a job description and any requirements the co-op student must meet. The co-op office staff will provide résumés of those students interested in the position for pre-screening. Interviews may be done on-campus, by phone, or on site. The co-op staff will arrange on-campus interviews for the employers. Terms of employment (time period, salary, fringe benefits, transportation, etc.) are negotiated directly between the employer and the student. A supervisor for the co-op should be designated and orientation to the company should be provided. The supervisor should evaluate the co-op at regular intervals. Recognizing that the co-op is a trainee, the assigned work should provide a varied experience for the co-op. There is no obligation to hire the student for another work period or as a permanent employee. View the salary statistics page to view salary information from previous years.
Cooperative Education Program
Student Services Office
149 Ottensman Hall
7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Academic Year)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Summer Months)
Dr. Christina Curras
Assistant Dean for
Jean A. Olson