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
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 -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
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.