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Cooperative Education

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.


How can the Co-op Program benefit my company?

  • Cost effective recruitment
  • Flexibility: part-time, full-time
  • Creates a resource of trained personnel
  • Increase your company's visibility on our campus

What are the requirements for participation?

  • Provide training and supervision
  • Provide a meaningful work experience
  • Complete a brief evaluation form at the end of the co-op period

What are the costs?

  • You pay the student directly
  • There is no fee for the employer to participate in the program.
  • You determine the salary to pay the student participating in the Co-op 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?

  • Junior or senior status
  • Matriculated undergraduate student
  • 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-school posting.

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.

For further information, contact us