Employer Info - Employer's Role

Employer's Role

The Co-op employer's role is to:

  • Develop job description and specific job qualifications
  • For paid positions, determine the hourly wage level
  • Interview students prior to placement
  • Supervise student work and provide guidance and instruction
  • Treat students as any other employee based on mutual expectations of standards and company policies
  • Help students accomplish their learning objectives
  • Meet with student's coordinator during the term to assess student's progress and complete a formal evaluation of student's work at end of each term (used to help determine student's grade)

Co-op job-related concerns and personnel issues should first be discussed by the co-op student and co-op employer. The co-op coordinator can also help work through issues if additional assistance seems appropriate.

Co-op Ed Employer's Handbook

Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Information for non-paid cooperative education and internships: Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet 71 (2018)