Create a Co-op Position
Fact: A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed that more than two-thirds of employers who emphasize college hiring prefer to try out their job candidates before offering permanent employment. The results showed that 70 percent are using internships and/or co-operative education programs to create a pool of quality job candidates.
Create a Job Description
A Co-op job description helps to develop guidelines, avoid incorrect assumptions, encourage productivity, and provide basic company information. Create a job description for each Co-op employment experience. Each subsequent experience should be progressively more complex for returning Drexel Co-op students.
Define the Salary
Special care should be devoted to setting the salary for a Co-op student. The salary for the first experience should be as high as possible to attract quality applicants. You'll need to leave room, however, to increase wages commensurate with the job description and responsibilities developed for subsequent Co-op employment experiences. While determining salaries, keep in mind that Co-op graduates nationwide historically begin at a higher salary than non-experienced graduates. » View the salary guide
Determine the Right Supervisor
Select and develop skilled work supervisors. These people are critical and essential to a successful Co-op experience. A Co-op student should receive guidance and feedback from the work supervisor at regular intervals. This way, the Co-op student can better meet your company's expectations.
Use Your Drexel Co-op Coordinator
Work closely with your Drexel Co-op coordinator. Besides being your campus contact, your coordinator may also visit you periodically to discuss your student's performance. Your Co-op coordinator can help develop and maintain quality Co-op opportunities. »Contact a coordinator
What About Fringe Benefits?
Handle fringe benefits in the same manner as you would with other temporary full-time employees. Determine policies for paid holidays, accrued seniority during co-op sessions, travel expenses, relocation, and short-term housing assistance