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.
  • Student Profile

    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

  • UM-Dearborn's Role

    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.

  • Employer's Role

    Employer's role:

    • 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.

CASL Co-op Office

Suite 285 -
Fairlane Center North (FCN)
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