Co-op Students

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The ultimate goals of participation in the Kettering Co-op Program are:

  1. Development of a strong and positive correlation between a student's academic program at the school and the educational experience with his or her employer.
  2. Provide educational experiences that orient and integrate the student into a productive professional role at the employer organization.
  3. Development of positive work-related habits and characteristics in a student.

One Program, One Employer

The Kettering Professional Cooperative Education Program is designed to achieve the educational and career goals of our students in conjunction with meeting the future human resource needs of our co-op employers. Because it is an academic program, Kettering students are expected to remain with the same employer throughout the entire program. Experience has shown that, in most cases, it is more advantageous for the student to try to progress within one organization, than to change from one to another. Each time a student begins with a new organization, he or she starts over in the learning process and are often given beginner tasks and responsibilities. Staying with the same organization through the entire program has proven to increase interest and responsibility afforded to the student.

There are appropriate reasons for some students to request a new co-op employer (reassignment) or for employers to terminate a student. Kettering will consider reassignment only after it has been determined to be in the best interest of the student and the employer. It should be recognized that changes in assignment are permitted but are not granted solely on a basis of student financial gains, personal commitments or assumed responsibilities.

Students Without a Co-op Employer

Students who are not employed are allowed to continue in the academic program until they can no longer meet the minimum co-op requirements (five work terms) to graduate. Students seeking employment while attending classes must maintain a current resume, attend seminars on employment search skills, and apply for positions. They must be easily accessible and available for interview with prospective employers, and be proactive in the co-op search with the assistance of the Cooperative Education & Career Services Office.

Locating positions for students with unsatisfactory academic performance is difficult. Students who are on academic probation and/or have been released for cause by their employer may forfeit their right to University assistance in finding new co-op employment.

Co-op Employment for International Students

Because of immigration laws, American companies generally are unable to employ students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. While some international students are able to secure co-op employment in the U.S., it may be possible to obtain co-op employment in their home country. In addition to providing work experience, the co-op employer must also provide students with a salary during work periods. Employers are also encouraged to provide transportation expenses.