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As a site host for a SUNY Oswego Intern or Co-op, you will mentor a student using your professional expertise and provide quality field experience for a student to learn your industry. Your evaluation of the student, approval of their academic learning agreement and consistent supervision of their field hours all play vital roles in our internship and co-op program.

Helpful Information

If you have questions about your role as a Site Supervisor or would like to discuss our program, please contact our Site Coordinator, Tina Cooper, at

Verify a Student's Internship or Co-op

Verify a position for a student you have already accepted by completing our quick and simple online Site Verification/Position Description form.

Verify an Internship or Co-op Opportunity

Post an Internship or Co-op

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Intern Wage Requirements and Fair Labor Standards Act
Site Responsibilities
  1. Interview and select a student.
  2. Designate a Site Supervisor to explain company expectations and directly mentor the student to monitor progress.
  3. 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)
  4. Review and approve the student's learning agreement (sent to you by email) and support the learning progression of the student.
  5. Provide orientation and any necessary training.
  6. Provide a safe work environment and introduce the student to your facilities.
  7. Adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act as well as NYS Labor Standards.
  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.
Student Responsibilities
  1. Prerequisites: Students must be junior or senior status with a 2.5 or higher GPA.
  2. Co-op students need to complete and pass GST 101: Professional Skills Preparatory course.  
  3. Students apply to prospective sites early in the semester prior to the anticipated experience.
  4. Students will submit an Experiential Learning Application to EXCEL to become registered.
  5. A departmental Faculty Sponsor will work with the student to develop a learning agreement.
  6. Students must complete all of the responsibilities and learning objectives listed in their learning agreement in a timely and professional manner.
  7. It is expected that the student will consult with the Site Supervisor, Faculty Sponsor, and EXCEL regarding any questions or concerns related to the internship/co-op.
  8. Students will represent SUNY Oswego in a professional manner at your 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 through site submission of the verification form.
  3. Designate a departmental Faculty Sponsor to advise the student.
  4. Confer with site personnel concerning intern and co-op performance issues.
  5. Evaluate program progress through virtual communication and site visits.
  6. Confer a final grade based on final evaluation from the site.
  7. Maintain the confidentiality of any information designated by the site as confidential.
  8. Notify the site of any change in the student's eligibility, status or field of study.
  9. Enforce any additional rules or practices that are mutually agreed upon between the college and site.
  10. 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.

Site Supervisor Paul Lear hosts SUNY Oswego student James Bachman at Fort Ontario for his internship.

Fort Ontario interns from several SUNY Oswego departments work on practical and interesting projects designed to benefit the site, patrons, and students in obtaining their career goals and objectives.

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.