Your Role As A Co-op Employer
To ensure that the co-op program goes as smoothly as possible, the University of North Florida encourages employers to complete the following before hiring a co-op student.
- Gain support from senior management and from employees who will supervise students
- Establish budgetary support and determine the wages and benefits to be offered
- Familiarize students with the organization
- Develop job assignments and qualifications to ensure that students work on projects that will lead to professional growth
- Communicate expectations for the program to the Cooperative Education Program Coordinator and ask any remaining questions
A supervisor who accepts a University of North Florida co-op student in his/her department has four primary responsibilities.
I- Plan the work assignments in advance of the student's arrival.
- Develop projects related to the student's interests and course work (and appropriate to the student's academic level)
- Spread assignments over the semester to maximize student productivity
- Include a major project that will challenge the student's abilities
- Provide space for the student to work
- Make the co-op work assignments an integral part of the department's effort
II- Introduce the student to department personnel and orient the student to the department.
- Introduce the student to his or her coworkers
- Explain the department's structure and how it fits into the overall organization structure
- Explain to the student where he or she fits into the department
- Familiarize the student with the department's major ongoing projects
- Explain the department's policies, both formal and informal
III- Supervise the student on the job.
- Create and maintain a work environment that fosters learning offer guidance and direction to the student
- Treat the student as a part of the department and organization
- Periodically review the student's progress; make adjustments to assignment or provide direction as needed
- Delegate appropriate responsibilities to the student
- Arrange for training that is appropriate to the student's education level
- Show confidence in the student as a professional
- Include student in staff meetings
IV-Evaluate the student's performance
- Conduct a mid-term and end of term evaluation during each semester
- Make recommendations for student's next work assignment
- If appropriate, recommend student for permanent employment upon graduation
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