Helpful Employer Resources
Benefits for Employers
How It Works For Employers
The University professional co-op staff facilitates the placement process, serving as liaison between the employer and the University and its students.
- The employer sets whatever requirements are appropriate for the position offered.
- A job description is developed and provided to the college.
- Specified selection criteria may include college year, grade point average, specific course background, and personal qualities.
- The college coordinator reviews/interviews candidates and refers the resumes of those which meet the employer's requirements.
- The employer decides whom to invite for an interview. Interviews are arranged either at the company or on campus.
- The employer decides whom to hire and makes the job offer.
- The student accepts the employer's offer of the co-op position under the conditions (salary, schedule, assignment, and continued placement) established by the employer.
- As employees, co-ops are subject to all regular personnel policies and procedures.The co-op staff monitors student work and academic progress toward graduation, assisting the employer to plan for regular hiring, if appropriate.
Placement terms are on a 4-month, trimester schedule
- Fall: September-December
- Winter: January-April
- Summer: May-August
We prefer that students have two training periods, but employers determine their own staffing needs. Students in the co-op program may work for more than one employer during the course of their college co-op program.
Meeting Employer Needs
Cooperative Education is a source of well qualified, pre-screened, highly motivated employees. Candidates are readily available from a conscientiously administered, University-based program which is well-designed, reliable, and fully-tested.
Co-op can help employers...
- cut recruitment costs.
- provide for both short-term and long-term employment needs.
- locate highly motivated college-trained students who can be immediately productive.
- relieve high salaried professionals from time-consuming tasks that are excellent learning experiences for students.
- observe the potential and performance of future employees without an obligation to hire.
- train future employees to specific needs.
- develop a staff which has a proven high job retention rate.
Co-ops are students admitted to a College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters degree program.
Students are eligible to co-op after the freshman year. Each must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.25, which is higher than for general "good standing."
Students are pursuing a variety of specific concentrations, but are identifiable in terms of specific analytic, quantitative, and communication skills by way of foundation courses.
Majors, B.S. and B.A. Degrees
College-Wide Programs: African and African American Studies, Behavioral and Biological Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Integrative Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
Language, Culture, & Communication: Communication, French Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Journalism and Screen Studies
Literature, Philosophy, & the Arts: Art History, English, Humanities, Philosophy
Mathematics and Statistics: Mathematics, Applied Statistics
Natural Sciences: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Microbiology, Physics
Social Sciences: Economics, History, Political Science, Social Studies, Urban and Regional Studies
Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
The primary goal of the University co-op program is to place students in work assignments designed to complement and enrich their educational and career development.
Students hired into co-op positions register and pay tuition for co-op.
Co-op students are accountable to faculty for the learning outcomes of the experience.
College credit is awarded for the experiential learning. Students must comply with the on-campus study term requirements of either the alternating or parallel co-op schedules.
- Planned and increasingly challenging assignments for the co-op student.
- Professional supervision by an interested person on the work site.
- Regular evaluation of student performance.
- Recommendation as to the second and continuing work assignment.
Note: Students should not be "hired away" before completion of their degree programs.