- Reduce the cost of recruitment by previewing potential future hires.
- Pre-train future employees.
- Cut labor costs and supplement your work force.
- Instill new energy into your organization through the enthusiasm of student employees.
- Provide management development opportunities for your current employees by providing them with supervisory roles.
- Provide your organization with campus ambassadors as students return to their studies after work.
Our programs allow students to combine classroom theory with career-related work experience giving them professional growth and personal development opportunities. At the same time, employers benefit by increasing recruitment and retention, cutting labor costs, and pre-training future employees.
Definition of Terms
An internship or co-op assignment is a monitored work experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. For engineering students, traditionally co-op has been defined as full-time work during a traditional school semester which may or may not be combined with a summer. However, there are increasingly more part-time co-op positions. Internships are part-time during the school year or full-time in the summer. The bottom line is that there is a great deal of flexibility in work schedules and our top priority is to do what is best for the student and employer, regardless of the terminology.
- Employment should relate to the student's field of study and be considered a significant educational experience.
- Assignments should require creative problem solving and not be limited to repetitive or routine tasks.
- Work periods should be progressive so that students are given increased levels of responsibility as experience and expertise are achieved.
- Employers will provide student employees with quality training and a supervisor who will provide guidance and direction.
- Employers will demonstrate a genuine interest in integrating the students as team members of the organization.
- Employers will complete a written performance evaluation at the end of each work period.
- Students should receive a fair and competitive salary.
- Employers will not make any offers of employment, which would be in conflict with the students' academic obligations and commitments.
- Employers may, but are not obligated to offer students permanent employment upon graduation, nor are students obligated to accept any such offers.