Cooperative Education FAQ for Employers

Why should I hire a cooperative education student?

Cooperative Education (co-op) is a cost-effective and time-efficient way to recruit temporary or permanent employees.

What qualifications will the students have?

Students will have completed at least 50 percent of their required courses. Employers can require the completion of specific courses and a minimum grade point average (GPA). Co-op students bring cutting edge technical knowledge to their work assignments. They are eager to learn and enthusiastic.

Who pays the student?

The employer determines the salary and pays the student. Benefits, if any, are also determined by said employer.

Who determines the work schedule?

The employer determines the work schedule, which is mutually agreed upon at the time of hire. Students can complete their academic studies through day or evening classes. Students are available year-round for full-time or part-time positions. They can be hired for short-term or multiple semester assignments.

Do students stay with the employer after graduation?

Oftentimes, co-op students are hired by the employer upon graduation. Co-op students are a natural employment base. There is, however, no hiring commitment on the part of the employer.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact the Career Services Office at 313.845.9618.