Benefits for employers
Successful co-ops benefit both the employer and the employee. Companies see the value of investing more time and resources to participate in co-op programs because it provides them with an efficient way to cultivate future employees and weed out the undesirables.
How you benefit
- You maintain or increase the pace of qualified talent, available year-round, into your organization.
- You free high-salaried workers from confining-but-necessary tasks, allowing them to devote more time to creative work
- You contribute to the enrichment of education
- You create close ties and better communication with the University
What students expect
Students are looking for a rewarding experience that allows them to apply what they've learned in class. Employers approved for participation in the Cooperative Engineering Education Program are expected to adopt the following general guidelines:
- Provide work opportunities related to some phase of the co-op student’s field of study.
- Provide diversified assignments to give the co-op student a variety of experiences.
- Provide work of increasing difficulty and responsibility commensurate with the co-op’s abilities as he/she progresses through the Program.
- Place the co-op under the supervision of a qualified technical manager who can provide the co-op with effective guidance and counsel during the work session
- Counsel with the co-op regarding his/her work performance, and complete a performance evaluation form at the end of each work period.
- Approve the required written co-op work report prior to the departure of the co-op for the subsequent academic semester.
- Welcome the college co-op coordinator and/or director to visit the work site and the co-ops periodically to review the program.
- Pay the co-op a reasonable competitive wage commensurate with his/her ability, experience, and the job responsibilities.
- Support and assist in the enforcement of the academic standards required of the student for entrance to and continuation in the program.
- Enter the program with a long-term point of view. Assuming that the co-op’s work is satisfactory, the employer is expected to provide and require the full three alternating work periods. It is fundamental to the Akron Engineering Co-op Program that the co-op student alternate work periods with academic semesters. No deviations from this
alternating sequence policy will be allowed