Interviewing & Hiring Process
The Co-op Program hosts a job fair and on-campus interviews in both Spring and Fall semesters.
After the Job Fair, employers will have access to all of the student applications (varies from 60-80), from which they will create a list of students they would like to interview. The students create a list of employers they would like to interview with. The Co-op office creates an interview schedule from these preference lists.
After the week-long interview period, the Co-op office matches students with employers for Co-op positions, based on both the employer's and student's preferences. The employer agrees to hire the student for a full-time engineering Co-op position, spanning two or three semesters (do not need to be consecutive), paying the student a competitive wage.
The Co-op Program charges employers a service fee of $650 per working student per work semester, the equivalent of about 90 cents per hour. This fee is used to support the Co-op Program; it allows the Co-op office to provide continuous service to the students and employers without cutbacks at the University negatively affecting the program, as has happened in the past.
Often out-of-town employers want to participate in the Co-op Program but are unable to return for the on-campus interview week. Please fill out the registration form and we will be in touch with you on how to accomodate your situation.
General Timeline of the Interviewing & Hiring Process
|Event or Deadline||Spring Semester||Fall Semester|
|Invitation to Participate Sent Out||Early January||Early August|
|Job Fair & Interview Week Registration DUE||Late January||Early September|
|Job Fair||Early February||Mid-September|
|Interview Week||Mid-March (Spring Break)||Late October/Early November|
|Employer-Student Matches Made||Late March||Late November|
Start and End Dates for the Work Semester
Below is a chart of approximate start and end dates for the working semester. The start and end dates are decided by the employer and student. Students will not be able to work full-time during their academic semester, but they can work full-time during the semester breaks. The University Calendar has the official start and end dates of the semester.
General Dates for the Working Semester
|Working Semester||Approximate Work Start Date||Approximate Work End Date|
|Spring Semester||Any time after New Year's Day (the official semester begins the 3rd week of January)||By the end of May (the official semester ends mid-May)|
|Summer Semester||Anytime after the official end of the spring semester in mid-May.||Before Labor Day|
|Fall Semester||Early September (the official semester begins the day after Labor Day)||By the end of December or mid-January (the official semester ends mid-December)|