Supervisor Responsibilities

There are a few forms that the Co-op Program needs to have filled out by both the supervisor and the student each semester.

It is also helpful to read through the Student section of this website and the Course Syllabus to get a sense of what is expected of students participating in the Co-op Program.

Work Assignment Plan - 1st Semester

Work Assignment Plan - 1st Semester

The Work Assignment Plan is completed and signed by both the student and the employer at the beginning of the first working semester. The Work Plan describes the work experience envisioned for each semester of the student's time with the company; thought should be given to provide a diverse Co-op experience over the entire time of employment.

The Work Plan may need to be modified as semesters progress to meet the goals of the student and the employer. If changes occur (e.g., change of work term, change of supervisor), then it is necessary to resubmit the Work Plan to the Co-op Program for approval. The Co-op Director may have questions and may even want to veto a proposed change. It is in the best interest of the student, therefore, to communicate with the Co-op Program early on if a change to the Work Proposal is contemplated. It is the student's responsibility to initiate and follow through with the Work Plan update.

A student who fails to follow the plan outlined in the Work Plan without prior approval may result in the student being dropped from the Co-op Program.

In order to register for the second and third semester courses, 4043W and 4044, the student must have a valid Work Plan in place. In other words, failure to complete the Work Assignment Plan disqualifies the student from registering for 4043W and 4044 and effectively ends the student's involvement in the Co-op Program.

Work Verification Form - 2nd & 3rd Semesters

Work Verification Form - 2nd & 3rd Semesters

At the beginning of the student's second and third working semester, respectively, the 4043W Work Verification and the 4044 Work Verification form (previously known as the Work Approval Form) must be filled out by the student and the student's supervisor at the beginning of the semester. This form confirms that the student is working full time during the listed dates. A grade will not be submitted until the verification form is emailed to the Co-op office at co-op@umn.edu or submitted to the Moodle course site. Note that the Work Verification form is different from the Work Plan.

Performance Review - All Semesters

Performance Review - All Semesters

At the end of each work period, a Performance Review should be completed by the student's supervisor and returned to the Co-op office. The information is used to screen for potential problems, but its primary function is to maintain good communication between the employer, the Co-op student, and the Co-op office.

Supervisors usually go over the Performance Review in person with the student. If the supervisor doesn't initiate the review, the student should do so. If a supervisor submits the form without talking to the student, the student has the option to set up a time with the Co-op Program to look over the completed form. The Performance Review is treated confidentially and will not be released without written permission from the student.

If the supervisor has their own Performance Review form, that can be submitted instead of the Co-op's form.