How Your Company Can Get Involved
The Co-op Program is a three-way partnership involving the University, the employer and the student. To ensure that all parties experience a positive relationship, we request that all co-op employers review the SOECS expectations for the co-op assignment.
Employers are encouraged to provide a brief job description.
The job assignment must relate to the student's field of study. These assignments should be challenging and increase with difficulty during the course of the co-op.
The student should be supervised by a degreed engineer or computer scientist who should meet regularly with the student.
Students must be paid a reasonable salary.
Employers are expected to allow the co-op coordinators and faculty advisors to visit the work-site and review the program.
It is recommended that student learning objectives and employer expectations be outlined early in the process so both parties are aware of each other's goals for the work term.
Employers must complete an evaluation (form provided by the co-op office) upon the student's completion of the co-op experience. We encourage employers to meet with the student to review their performance over the duration of the co-op.
"University of Pacific's Co-op Program is a tremendous resource for NVIDIA. The quality of the students has been so good that my lab only looks to Pacific to fill our intern positions. And with the experience the students get during their co-op terms with companies like ours, they become better candidates for our full-time positions. Five of the seventeen full-time engineers in my lab are former interns from Pacific."
Director, Performance Group
Review the guidelines we ask our employers to follow for the Co-op Education Program.
Benefits to Employers
Accessible Talent Pool - Exposure to a year-round supply of well-trained, highly motivated student employees. Students spend six months on the job working, not merely training.
Relief to Workforce - Students lend relief to an organization's more skilled, permanently staffed professionals to perform other tasks in peak or normal periods. They add enthusiasm, a fresh perspective and an infusion of energy to your existing work environment.
Evaluate Prospective Employees - Employers have a cost-effective means of evaluating the potential of future employees without making a long-term hiring commitment. If a co-op graduate is hired to a permanent position, significantly less training time is needed.
Promote Your Company on Campus - Upon their return to school, co-ops share their work experiences with their classmates, thus bringing your organization to the attention of other students - one of the most effective means of "advertising" an employer can have.
Reduce Recruitment Costs - Provides you with a seamless way to meet your long-range recruitment goals. You can carefully evaluate the student as a prospective employee before deciding to initiate negotiations for permanent employment. Hiring through co-op greatly reduces new employee recruitment costs that could range between $30,000 to $50,000 per hire.
Point of Contact
If you are interested in hiring Co-op students majoring in:
If you're interested in hiring Co-op students majoring in:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ignacio Sandoval
209.946.2539 or firstname.lastname@example.org