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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

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 (
  • 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. The keys to a productive Co-op experience are to:

  • 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.


Spring preparation for fall Co-op calendar 
Conversation with Co-op coordinatorOngoing
Development of Job DescriptionJanuary - mid-March
Resumes sent to employersMid-March - early April
Employer picks students and conducts interviewApril
Employer makes offerEarly May
Students accept or decline offerMid-May
Students report at work, Co-op startsJuly
Co-op evaluation Two weeks before Co-op ends
Co-op endsDecember

Fall preparation for spring Co-op calendar 
Conversation with Co-op coordinatorOngoing
Development of Job DescriptionAugust - mid-October
Resumes sent to employersMid-October - early November
Employer picks students and conducts interviewNovember
Employer makes offerLate November
Students accept or decline offerEarly December
Students report at work, Co-op startsJanuary
Co-op evaluationTwo weeks before Co-op ends
Co-op endsJune