In today's job market recruiting, hiring, and training the best candidates is critical to the success of your organization. One of the best ways to recruit and train talented and soon-to-be college graduates is through the Co-op Program. A co-op is a win-win situation for the employer and the student. It allows you the opportunity to screen students as potential employees over a period of time. It is an effective way of determining whether the student will be a good fit for your company prior to offering them a full-time position.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can the Co-op Program benefit my company?
- Cost effective recruitment
- Flexibility - part-time, full-time
- Creates a resource of trained personnel
- Campus visibility - increase your company's visibility on our campus
What are the requirements for participation?
- Provide a meaningful work experience
- Provide training and supervision
- Complete a brief evaluation form at the end of the co-op period
What are the costs?
- You determine the salary to pay the student participating in the Co-op Program.
- You pay the student directly
- There is no fee for the employer to participate in the program.
Does my company pay a fee to use SCSU's Co-op Program?
- No, there is no fee to hire a student from Southern Connecticut State University's Co-op Program
What are the requirements for students to participate in the Co-op Program?
- Matriculated undergraduate student
- Junior or senior status
- Minimum 2.0 overall GPA, although employers may set a higher GPA requirement
- The Co-op experience must be either directly related to the major of the student or to what they hope to do once they graduate.
Do students have to work full-time?
- No, students are able to work part-time or full-time depending upon the needs of the employer and the student.
- How long do I employ a Co-op student In their junior or senior year, students may spend a semester, a summer, or a six-month period working full-time or part-time. Students earn academic credit based upon the number of hours worked, one credit equals 50 hours of work.
How much do the students earn?
- Students must earn at least minimum wage. However, the hourly rate is based upon the job duties and skills required.
Where do I post the opportunity?
- Opportunities may be posted on our online job board at JOBSs (Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern students). Please note that posting full-time, part-time coop/internships positions is a FREE service providing it is a NACElink, DirectEmployers Association and Symplicity Corporation non multi-schoolposting.
Where do I interview the students?
- You may interview students at your site or we will be happy to arrange for you to interview them on-campus.
Is there any paperwork to fill out?
- When hiring a student we ask that you provide an employment verification letter. The letter must be on company letterhead and must include the following information: start date, position title, number of weekly working hours, hourly rate of pay (or salary), and a brief job description.
- A brief evaluation form of the student's work performance is to be completed by the student's immediate supervisor at the end of each semester of work.
Who do I contact for further information?
- Patricia K. Whelan, Director of Cooperative Education
(203) 392-6536, WhelanP1@southernCT.edu