On behalf of Northeastern University’s College of Computer & Information Science (CCIS) Co-op Team, we want to thank you for your willingness to sponsor, supervise, and mentor a co-op student. We hope you will find the experience a rewarding one and that the Co-op Program will become a major source of talent for your company.
Taking the time at the onset of establishing a co-op partnership to identify your business needs, selecting key individuals to fill the roles of supervisor and mentor, writing a comprehensive job description, and understanding what students are looking for in an assignment will increase both the success and reputation of your co-op program.
Our students are in high demand. Therefore, a well thought out program will help attract the quality of students you seek, and ultimately the level of students you can recruit. High quality co-op positions lead to winning outcomes: Students are challenged to integrate their academic learning with job related experience and employers benefit from the valuable contributions that students make to the business. We hope the FAQs below answer your questions about developing a quality co-op program.
Development of an appropriate assignment and review process is a critical part of the co-op program. Based on data we have collected over the years from employers and students, we recommend four main components to a successful co-op program:
Instilling a comprehensive work plan can help you and your co-op student utilize your time together the most effectively, and ultimately, better determine if the student sees your company as a place he/she would like to work in the future.
Creating a job description and work plan go hand-in-hand – each should complement the other. Before submitting the job description, think about the work plan that might be used. Likewise, after you develop a work plan, you may want to review the description to ensure that it adequately reflects the work that your co-op student will do and the support that you will provide along the way. Some details to include in a work plan are as follows:
The following suggestions will assist you in developing a successful work plan.
Assign work that is meaningful:
Provide the support the new co-op student needs:
Provide regular, ongoing feedback:
Based on our research and analysis, we define a quality assignment as:
Opportunities to learn
The job description is such a significant and integral part of developing a quality co-op assignment that we have created a separate document just for that purpose.
Please refer to the Job Description Document for guidance and support.
Co-op is a partnership between the university, the company and the students. We value this partnership and are here to assist with the establishment, development and expansion of your co-op program. We welcome opportunities to help you strengthen your relationship with CCIS, identify points of synergy and areas of collaboration, and grow a long term successful co-op partnership. In this dynamic, competitive, global market, co-op students are a key to the technological future success of your business.
We welcome you as a co-op partner!