Co-op 50

Overview:

A cooperative education (co-op) or internship is a collaborative program among the University, students, and employers. The employer provides supervision, facilities, safe work environment, and instruction that help students acquire the skills and knowledge needed in their field of study. The student must work a minimum of 100 hours during a minimum of 6 weeks in a semester as part of the program.

The following criteria outlines the period agreed upon among the employer, student, and the Bowling Green State University Career Center Cooperative Education and Internship Program. The agreement may be terminated by the employer or the University for good and sufficient cause by providing reasonable, advanced written notice, and agree to indemnify each other from any claims or liability.

Employers Agree To:

  • Notify the Bowling Green State University Career Center of available co-op or internship positions in advance of the anticipated hiring date and provide adequate job descriptions to be posted on WorkNet
  • Respond promptly to students and inform the Bowling Green State University Career Center of student(s) the employer plans to hire
  • Hire a Bowling Green State University student without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status
  • Complete and return the Employer Verification form to finalize student registration
  • Provide Workers’ Compensation and/or other employment benefits to the student to the extent required by law
  • Orient the student to their specific role and responsibilities as it relates to organization rules, policies, procedures, methods, and operations
  • Relate work assignments as fully as possible to each student’s field of study and career interests
  • Make every effort to maximize the student’s co-op or internship experience and learning
  • Provide meaningful supervision throughout the term of employment and conduct periodic appraisals of each student’s performance (to be shared with the student), which is recommended to be conducted midway and at the end of the co-op or internship experience
  • Complete an online employer evaluation form at the end of each term
  • Inform the Bowling Green State University Career Center of any cause of dissatisfaction or misconduct on behalf of the student
  • Notify the Bowling Green State University Career Center of any changes in the student’s status including employment and termination dates, promotions, and disciplinary actions

Students Agree To:

  • Register their internship or co-op with the Bowling Green State University Career Center upon acceptance of an offer
  • Maintain personal health insurance or student health insurance and have automobile liability insurance available if driving an automobile as a condition of employment
  • Acquire professional liability insurance through Bowling Green State University if so desired or required by the employer
  • Attend a “Succeed at Your Internship” orientation session a semester before their first co-op or internship experience
  • Perform all assigned co-op or internship duties to the best of their ability
  • Comply with all rules, regulations, and policies of the employer and the University while on assignment
  • Report changes in student status or any serious personal or work problems, including safety and personnel concerns to the Bowling Green State University Career Center and their direct supervisor
  • Complete the online student evaluation form at the end of each experience

For additional information about our Cooperative Education and Internship Program, please contact the Career Center at 419-372-2356 or careerservices@bgsu.edu.