College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering
Wage Waiver Statement
CO-OP WAGE WAIVER AGREEMENT
(This statement is used in the CO-OP application process for those who are completing an unpaid CO-OP course.)
I am requesting to participate in a cooperative education course (TECH 2890, 3890 or 4890) without financial remuneration at the company listed in this CO-OP application (at the time of application). I am aware that CO-OP students are required to receive a reasonable wage for their cooperative education work experience.
I am aware that the College of Technology Cooperative Education Program (Technology Building, Room 102) has CO-OP positions available in my major that pay a reasonable wage for cooperative education courses/work experiences.
I am aware that the College of Technology Cooperative Education Program does not sanction unpaid CO-OPs.
I understand that I am required to obtain approval from my faculty advisor prior to applying for an unpaid CO-OP position and have taken the proper steps in doing so.
TO QUALIFY FOR AN UNPAID CO-OP, YOU MUST HAVE:
- Attempted to first secure a paid CO-OP position, unless the position does not meet your personal career goals.
- Have the ability to be financially secure while completing your CO-OP course.
Understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act (detailed below):
CO-OP POLICY ON FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (from United States Department of Labor)
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, an employer is not required to pay a student who qualifies as a learner or trainee (e.g. a CO-OP student). However, it does not exclude the firm from paying, it simply exempts them from minimum wage requirements.
If a student is completing the below requirements for a CO-OP, they are exempt from the employer providing compensation for work performed:
- The work performed is directly related to educational coursework.
- Course credits are received for work performed, or, student is required to complete the work to graduate.
- Student must complete a report of their work experience and submit it to a faculty supervisor.
- Written documentation from the student’s school confirming the CO-OP has been approved as educationally relevant.
- Learning objectives are clearly identified.
- Student spends no more than 50 percent of their time performing work also completed by other employees.
- The employer will teach the student a skill, process, equipment use or about the business, in general.
- The student is supervised by a regular employee of said employer.
- The employer has not guaranteed the student a job upon completion of the CO-OP.
Information provided and developed in concert with the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the United States Department of Labor.