Becoming a CO-OP Employer

Become a CO-OP Employer

Potential employers may contact the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering Office of Cooperative Education with information about positions you have available, as well as registering positions on Handshake.  

  1. Determine when you need students. (Link to semester schedule).
  2. Post your co-op to Handshake.
  3. To notify the co-op office directly ( about positions specifically for students in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering email, or call 419-372-7581.  
  • The CO-OP student is assigned job duties related to their major.
  • The employer offers the student full-time work (40 hours a week) lasting one semester (approximately four months) (part-time option is (20 hours a week) lasting two consecutive semesters.  
  • The student should be supervised by an employee who can act as a mentor for the student, someone that student can learn from.
  • The employer completes a midterm and final evaluation on the student's performance.
  • The employer meets with a BGSU representative once during the student's CO-OP semester.  A BGSU representative will schedule this meeting.
  • The student receives compensation for their employment as set forth by the United States Department of Labor.
  • To protect the student, the employer should practice ethical standards that follow the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) as directed by the United States Department of Labor.
  • All employers are expected to comply with laws enforced by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Essentially, there should be no major difference between a CO-OP employee and a full-time/entry-level employee, this is the essence of CO-OP.

Our office does most of the work for you. once it has been determined a co-op meets the requirements above, all you need to do is supply a job description. The detailed process (mostly conducted by our office) is listed below...

  1. Submit the following information via Handshake, email or Employer Request Form:
    1. Position title, description, location, pay rate, etc.
    2. Employer contact information
    3. Employer company information (website, mission statement, etc.)
    4. Deadline Date: Date employer would like to receive student resumes (set in coordination with CO-OP semester dates and deadlines)
    5. How students should apply
  2. Employers can post the position on Handshake (online recruiting system), making it available for students to log into their account and apply electronically and/or notify the co-op office about the opportunity. 
  3. If an employer also wants the students in the College of Tech. to be notified via email and/or social media about job opportunities posted to Handshake email
  4. The employer reviews resumes and determines which students are chosen to interview for the available position. The employer may contact students on their own behalf or may work with the Career Center or the Co-op office to schedule on-campus interviews.

Please feel free to contact us by phone at 419-372-7581, by email at, or stop by our office at 102 Technology Building, BGSU.

Benefits of Hiring a CO-OP Student

  • Train and evaluate potential, future employees
  • Meet specific and/or short-term staffing needs
  • Free up regular employees for unique projects and special projects
  • A cost-effective recruiting tool
  • Contact with co-op students, BGSU faculty and staff exposes employers to new ideas, developments, and technologies in industry
  • Connect to potential seminars, workshops and consultants
  • Provides opportunity to give insight and feedback to faculty about workforce development
  • Give back to the community and support students

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2018 CO-OP Compensation Rates