For co-op students:
Co-ops are meant to help students clarify their career goals, enhance their performance and engagement in the classroom, and develop their professional networks. Because students earn college credit for completing co-op terms, co-op employers must adhere to specific program requirements. To help ensure the best possible experience for both student and employer, employers should:
- Give students opportunities to build on their knowledge with each co-op work term. We find that rotational co-ops offer students a well-rounded experience.
- Provide onboarding and necessary training for the student to be successful in the co-op position.
- Assign a mentor, separate from the supervisor, to the student.
- Ask the student to share co-op work term goals with their mentor and supervisor, and help the student work toward these goals.
- Conduct regular check-in meetings with the student, biweekly at a minimum.
- Complete a performance review and evaluation at the end of the co-op work term. Students, meanwhile, complete a work exit report. The Office of Industry Relations provides co-op work term evaluation forms for the student and supervisor.
For internship students:
- For internships, the practices above are highly recommended for the best student and employer experience. However, they are not required.