Q: How much should we pay the co-op employee?
A: All job descriptions for potential co-op positions must be reviewed by Compensation prior to employing the co-op-student to determine pay rate. Additionally, Steinbright Career Development Center publishes a co-op salary guide to help employers understand the co-op marketplace here: drexel.edu/scdc/employers/hire-coop/process/salary-guide/
Q: Why are stipends prohibited as a method of payment?
A: Stipends are limited to full-time exempt employees, as payment for additional work completed outside of their normal duties and paid on a monthly basis. Co-op employees are temporary, non-exempt employees who are paid on a bi-weekly basis.
Q: Can I use my work-study funds to pay a co-op employee?
Q: I was not selected for research co-op funding. Can you tell me why?
A: The decisions on which research co-op Drexel funds are made by the Office of the Provost in consultation with the Steinbright Career Development Center. Therefore, questions related to those decisions should be directed to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Q: Can a co-op position be unpaid?
A: The Department of Labor has specific parameters for an unpaid co-op position. Compensation will help make that determination when reviewing the co-op job description. Also keep in mind that over 80% of co-op students are paid, and it is Steinbright’s expectation that full-time co-op students are paid. If a co-op student is unable to be paid, then Steinbright only requires them to work 20 hours per week to receive co-op credit. For unpaid co-op positions, departments must follow our Volunteer/Unpaid Intern Process.
Q: How are co-op employees hired?
A: After participating in the Steinbright Career Development Center online recruiting process with the guidance of your co-op advisor, the department must first submit the Authorization to Hire (ATH) (or EPAF, if the co-op has worked at Drexel within one year). New hire co-ops will be required to complete and submit the Temporary New Hire Packet [PDF]. The ATH will go through HR approvals, and the Talent Acquisition Specialist will send the new co-op the new hire paperwork and I-9 email.
Please review the full hiring process on the Hiring Guides on the HR SharePoint and consult with your Talent Acquisition Specialist.
Co-op employees are subject to a pre-employment background check. Additionally, co-ops who have contact with minors as outlined in the Background Check Policy are subject to the PA Enhanced Background Check process. Talent Acquisition will facilitate all background check processes.
Q: How do co-op employees get paid?
A: Co-ops are paid on a bi-weekly basis according to hours worked (see Payroll schedules). Timesheets must be submitted through the DrexelOne system by the co-op employees. The manager must approve all timesheets submitted by their co-op employees.
The Direct Deposit form must be completed in order to have pay processed electronically to a specified bank account; otherwise paychecks are mailed to the home address on record.