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Verify Your Internship or Co-op

Verify a position for a student you have already hired by completing a quick and simple online Position Description form.

Verify your Internship or Co-op Opportunity

Site Responsibilities
  1. Interview and select a student.
  2. Provide EXCEL with an internship/co-op position verification submission through our form online. (The student will then receive a verified and approved copy from us within about 5 business days and complete registration paperwork with our office)
  3. Review and approve the student's learning agreement (sent to you by email) and support the learning progression of the student.
  4. Provide orientation and any necessary training.
  5. Provide a safe work environment and introduce the student to your facilities.
  6. Adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act as well as NYS Labor Standards.
  7. Designate a Site Supervisor to explain company expectations and responsibilities and assist with learning objectives, confer regularly with the student and monitor progress.
  8. Provide adequate supervision and training for the student as well as assignments that are career-related.
  9. Provide the student with feedback regarding his/her performance throughout the experience.
  10. Contact EXCEL's Site Coordinator, Tina Cooper, if there are any questions or problems concerning the student, for example, a change in status, schedule, or performance.
  11. Allow a representative of SUNY Oswego to visit the site to confer with the student and his/her supervisor.
  12. Track and verify the student's total work hours and sign time sheets upon completion of the experience.
  13. Complete a final evaluation of the student's performance on a college-provided form emailed to you at the conclusion of the internship/co-op. The evaluation form will be used by the faculty sponsor in determining the student's final grade.
What are Internships and Co-ops?

An internship is the supervised, paid or unpaid, placement of a student in a business, industry, non-profit agency, governmental unit, or other work setting for a semester or summer for college credits. Internships are designed to enhance a students' education, broaden their understanding of a career and provide assistance to their internship location.

The purpose of an internship is for the student to gain real-world experience and to network with professionals.  Therefore, students that receive academic credit for an internship may not be supervised by other students, family members or themselves.

All internships must be preplanned beginning early in the semester prior to the anticipated experience. For the experience to be of value to the agency or company as well as a learning tool for the student, the intern must receive meaningful tasks to perform or projects to complete. The U.S. Department of Labor has standards that organizations must follow when hiring student interns; you can view them under The U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act.

The intern must submit an Experiential Learning Application to our office by the semester deadline, followed by a Learning Agreement that is completed with a college faculty sponsor and approved by the internship site supervisor. The student obtains the Experiential Learning Application from our website, Learning Agreements are electronic documents.

The amount of academic credit awarded for an internship is determined by the amount of time the student works at the site.  Students must be enrolled for internship credit during the time the internship hours are worked. Students are required to work at their internship site 40 hours for each credit to be earned. For example, a three-credit internship would require 120 total hours of work at the internship site.

  • Fall or spring semester: one to 12 credits are available
  • Summer: one to 12 credits are available
  • Winter Session: one to three credits are available

A co-op is an educational program where students can get hands-on experience in their field of study through working in a professional environment. In co-op, students enter a partnership with the school and an employer to gain practical experience relevant to their major. It is full-time, paid employment that lasts a minimum of 12 weeks over the summer, 15 weeks during the fall or spring semester or as long as six months; summer to fall or spring to summer. Because a co-op is a non-credit bearing educational program, students do not pay tuition for this program.

Student Responsibilities
  1. Prerequisites: junior or senior status, 2.5 or higher GPA.
  2. Co-op students need to complete and pass GST 101: Professional Skills Preparatory course  
  3. Apply to prospective placement sites early in the semester prior to the anticipated experience.
  4. Submit an Experiential Learning Application to EXCEL.
  5. Develop a learning agreement with a college faculty sponsor.
  6. Complete all of the responsibilities listed in the learning agreement in a timely and professional manner.
  7. Consult with the work-site supervisor and faculty sponsor regarding any time conflicts or other problems related to the internship/co-op.
  8. Represent SUNY Oswego in a professional manner at your internship/co-op and provide valuable and reliable support to your internship/co-op site.
College Responsibilities
  1. Certify the student's academic eligibility to participate in an experiential learning program.
  2. Verify the position qualifies for our program.
  3. Encourage the student's contribution to the goals of the employer.
  4. Designate a faculty sponsor to advise the student.
  5. Confer with employer personnel concerning job performance issues.
  6. Evaluate student's progress during on-site visits.
  7. Confer a final grade based on final evaluation from the employer.
  8. Maintain the confidentiality of any information designated by the employer as confidential.
  9. Notify the employer of any change in the student's eligibility, status or field of study.
  10. Enforce any additional rules or practices that are mutually agreed upon between the college and employer.
  11. Ensure students are aware of the Code of Student's Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct in SUNY Oswego's Student Handbook and should adhere to those guidelines.
Wage Requirements and Fair Labor Standards Act

According to the NACE: 2018 Student Survey, Students feel that their experiential education assignments had a positive impact on their career readiness competencies.  They reported that their professionalism and work ethics improved, and their experiences had a significantly positive impact on their teamwork/collaboration and oral and written communication skills.