The Co-op Process

Your involvement and mentorship is an integral part of the goal of College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. For 50 years the cooperative education program has played a vital role in producing prepared, quality students ready to enter the workplace. Cooperative education is an experience that allows students the opportunity to apply academic coursework to a work environment. These experiences provide students with skills that are essential in their future careers and in life.

What are College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering students learning that could benefit your company/organization? The College offers nine majors:

To recruit students for employers, the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering coordinates with the Career Center and uses an online system called Handshake to manage the process of posting available Co-op positions and hiring students in these positions. The Technology Co-op Office can notify students in the college about opportunities related to their specific majors.

Information needed to promote an opportunity

  • Position Title, description, location, pay rate, etc.
  • Employer contact information
  • Employer company information (website, mission statement, etc.)
  • Deadline Date students should apply.  CO-OP semester dates and deadlines
  • How students should apply

Connect with Handshake Here

Notify the CTAAE Co-op Office that you are hiring here

Co-op Recruiting Options

The co-op office and the Career Center can assist you with recruiting and hiring a co-op student in a variety of ways, including assisting with gathering resumes and scheduling on campus interviews with the employer. The Co-op office and/or the Career Center can provide space for on campus face to face interviews, phone or video conference interviews.  

Effective April 23, 2018, employers can post positions to Handshake - The Universities new modern platform for connecting with and recruiting Bowling Green State University students and alumni. Handshake replaces our former system, Worknet, and allows you to:

  • Access thousands of Bowling Green State University candidates
  • Submit and manage your experiential learning and full-time employment online postings
  • Schedule your on campus interview visit
  • Review your applicant pool
  • Create and update your organization's profile

To post a position, you must sign up and create a Handshake account:

Handshake Employer Log In

If you are a current employer that has an existing account in our former system, Worknet, and you need to access your employer profile or online postings to transfer to Handshake, you can log in using the following link:

WorkNet Employer Log In


Notify the co-op office directly to target College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering Students specifically.

  • Direct emails to specifically targeted students
  • Message boards
  • Faculty announcements
  • Co-op managed social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)

Employer FAQ

  1. Determine when you need students. (Link to semester schedule)
  2. Contact the co-op office to determine your specific needs as an employer, via email coop@bgsu.edu,  phone 419-372-7581, and connect on Handshake.
  3. The co-op office then advertises your position to students via the various methods mentioned above.  

Students have access to view positions that are advertised through Handshake, an online database that connects employers with students and alumni.  Students are also invited to follow and like co-op office managed social media sites, which the co-op office uses to promote various career development opportunities and events.

Interviews can be scheduled by the employer, the co-op office, or the Career Center and can be held on or off campus. The co-op office will be involved as much or as little as the employer desires.

Employers should communicate periodically via email, phone, or the online employer request form regarding future co-ops and can set up and manage their own Handshake account.

Email coop@bgsu.edu, call 419-372-7581, or stop by room 102 of the Technology Building.


“The co-op program has benefited Marathon Oil Company in the following ways: It gives us an economical means of addressing cyclic manpower needs. It allows MOC to evaluate students for potential long-term employment. The co-op program benefits the students in the following ways: The students are able to take their classroom training and apply it in business situations. It allows the student to demonstrate his/her abilities above and beyond a resume for future employment.”

- Marathon Oil Company

“We view the co-op program at BGSU as not only a way to fill short-term project needs with qualified individuals, but also as a recruiting tool. We look at our involvement in this program as a two way street. We get the opportunity to see a student’s capability and work habits first-hand to see if it meshes with our needs. The student in turn gets a realistic view of our company and can determine if our work environment could meet their permanent employment needs after graduation.”

- Rudolph-Libbe

“It is difficult for students to get jobs without experience and co-op gives them this experience. It helps them plan for their futures. Co-op is good for both the students and the employer; it is a sharing of knowledge. Students help us keep up to date on new technology, which they bring from other co-op experiences. We have found great employees and contacts through the co-op program.”

- SFC Graphics