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 PErspective

Employers should provide a job description and any requirements the co-op student must meet.  Interviews may be done on-campus, by phone, or on site.  The Academic and Career Advising (ACAC) 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.  A student is required to work a minimum of 36 hours per week.  Two formal evaluations completed by the supervisor and reviewed with the student are required by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education Program.  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.

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