Cooperative Education for Employers

Cooperative Education (co-op) is a program which provides the opportunity for employers to hire qualified students pursuing a college degree. Co-op students are available year-round.

Benefits of co-op for employers include the following:

  • Increases cost-effectiveness of recruitment and training
  • Results in a higher average retention rate among permanent employees recruited and hired through a co-op program
  • Provides an opportunity to evaluate employees prior to a decision regarding full-time employment
  • Allows flexibility in staffing needs
  • Brings state of the art technical knowledge to the workplace
  • Exempts employers from paying unemployment compensation taxes on wages of co-op students if they are enrolled in a qualified co-op program, and also exempts employers from paying unemployment compensation to students released from these programs
  • Creates a partnership between business and education

Need Help Creating a Quality Co-op Experience?

Download our guide: Creating a Quality Co-op Experience.

Posting a Co-op Position

  1. If you have an existing HFC Handshake account, <">log in to HFC Handshake. If you do not have an HFC Handshake account, click“Register And Post Job.”
  2. After logging in (or registering), click “Jobs” and then follow all the steps listed