Supervising and Mentoring Tips
Hiring a Drexel Co-op student brings innovative and exciting talent to your organization while providing a college student invaluable experience for professional development. To create a productive and rewarding cooperative education experience, we ask that employers provide feedback and mentorship opportunities.
Supervision and Instruction
Co-op students should be supervised in the same way as regular
employees, with a special focus on mentorship and guidance. Some
key points to keep in mind when supervising a co-op student:
- Ensure co-op students have a clear understanding of the reporting
structure, including who they can go to as a back-up supervisor.
- Be accessible for questions.
- Clearly communicate expectations for work assignments and
- Assign work that is meaningful and challenging, enabling the
student to gain new skills.
- Include students in meetings, presentations and report writing
- Schedule regular meetings to check in with the student.
- Schedule performance reviews and provide constructive
feedback to the student.
- Provide ongoing training and guidance as necessary.
- Check on student's workload, and assign additional tasks if
- If work problems arise, refer to our Co-op Policies for guidance addressing performance issues.
Steinbright requires that co-op employers
provide adequate supervision and
recommends mentorship to help students
grow. Many employers convey that
mentorship is a promising practice to enhance
the student transition into the company
culture, expectations and workplace best
Benefits of Mentorship
Mentorship is intended to help co-op students
grow and employers utilize this practice for
positive results. Employers gain:
- Employees more quickly oriented to the
- Increased employee productivity and
- Increased employee job satisfaction.
- A way to promote professional development
to employees with high potential.
- An opportunity to grow the future
Mentorship functions best when there is a
good match between mentor and mentee and
can take many forms.
- Peer Mentoring – An employee close in age
to the mentee is assigned to act as a sounding
board for ideas and plans, and provide guidance
- Group Mentoring – A mentor works with a group
of mentees with similar interests and needs.
- Supervisor Mentoring – A supervisor guides,
instructs and makes recommendations to
mentees to develop their skills and workplace knowledge.