Cooperative Education Program

Co-op Information for Employers

Co-op started in private schools over 100 years ago and has proven to be very successful developing work-ready student and connecting them with potential employers.

How to become a Co-op Employer Partner

How much should I pay for being a Co-op Employer Partner?

What should I do when I have a Co-op student on site?

Timelines



How to become a Co-op Employer Partner

The process of becoming a Co-op Employer Partner is simple. Follow the listed steps and partner with SUNY Oswego's Co-op Program.

  • Identify your human resource needs
  • Contact the Office of Cooperative Education (co-op@oswego.edu)
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding, which is a legal document protecting all parties involved
  • Submit a job description
  • Review resumes 
  • Interview Co-op candidates
  • Hire and train the selected candidates
  • Evaluate your Co-op students

All job descriptions received will be posted on Laker Leads, which is a job database exclusively open to all SUNY Oswego students. We will work closely with faculty to screen students with skill sets you are looking for as well as academic-readiness. 

How much should I pay for being a Co-op Employer Partner?

To participate in the Co-op Program is FREE OF CHARGE. Your only cost will be the wages you pay for the Co-op students after you hire them. Some employers may provide other benefits such as but not limited to health insurance and retirement plans. However, those benefits are not required by the program. 

You could decide the wage according to your operating budget while still having the chance to work with SUNY Oswego's ambitious graduate-to-be.

What should I do when I have a Co-op student on site?

Co-op students are treated no differently from any other new employees you have. These are the keys to a productive Co-op experience

  • Provide orientation and training to the new Co-op student;
  • Provide a mentor/supervisor to advise the Co-op student about his/her challenges in your organization;
  • Provide an evaluation of the student's performance upon the completion of the Co-op experience.

Timelines

Spring Preperation for Fall Co-op Calendar 
Conversation with Co-op coordinator Ongoing
Development of Job Description January - Mid-March
Resumes sent to employers Mid-March - Early April
Employer picks students and conducts interview April
Employer makes offer Early May
Students accept or decline offer Mid-May
Students report at work, Co-op starts July
Co-op evaluation  Two weeks before Co-op Ends
Co-op ends December

Fall Preperation for Spring Co-op Calendar 
Conversation with Co-op coordinator Ongoing
Development of Job Description August - Mid-October
Resumes sent to employers Mid-October - Early November
Employer picks students and conducts interview November
Employer makes offer Late November
Students accept or decline offer Early December
Students report at work, Co-op starts January
Co-op evaluation Two weeks before Co-op Ends
Co-op ends June