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