Recruiting a Wentworth Student for Co-op
During the pursuit of their undergraduate degree at Wentworth, all full-time undergraduate day students are required to complete at least two co-ops in order to graduate. Co-ops are offered three times per year:
- Spring: January – April
- Summer: May – August
- Fall: September – December
In each co-op, students are required to work from 12 to 16 weeks at a minimum of 32 hours per week. Co-ops are paid (there are exceptions for non-profit organizations) using standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. The recruiting period for each cycle typically takes place during the four months prior to the start of co-op.
Co-op Recruiting Policies
Wentworth enforces the following policies for recruiting our students for co-ops. We are happy to work with you on complying with these policies. In addition, employers must adhere to federal and state employment laws.
- Job description. Each co-op posting requires a job description. Since co-ops must be related to a student’s major, the job description is critical in assessing its relevance and academic rigor.
- Mentoring and supervision. Wentworth requires that co-op supervisors be content matter experts. For example, engineering students need to be supervised by engineers; computer science students must be supervised by computer experts.
- Performance Management. It’s important to manage the student’s job performance and provide timely and helpful feedback. About three weeks after your student’s start date, identify and discuss successes and opportunities for improvement. Near the end of your student’s assignment, we will ask you to complete an online assessment for your student. This form is a critical component of the student’s grade and must be completed within the time frame requested.
- Problem resolution. On occasion, students may not meet an employer's expectations. We are happy to discuss substandard performance if necessary. We can coach students to help them successfully complete their co-op. Any student who is unsuccessful receives a failing grade and must repeat the experience in order to graduate.
- Notification of layoff or discharge. Since students are enrolled as a full-time student at Wentworth during their co-op, it is critical to know of any changes to their employment status. While the students themselves typically notify us of a layoff or discharge, we ask that the employer also notify us of this change.
- Compensation. To determine whether interns/co-ops must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, please refer to Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Based on the government’s definition of an independent contractor, it is unlikely that a co-op student could be classified as such. To help make this determination, refer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s informative report on determining independent contractor status.
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