Industry Partners

  The Basic Information...

  • Co-op positions usually last a minimum of two quarters.

  • It is a part time internship (20 hrs/week) during the academic year or full time internship (40 hrs/week) during the summer.

  • Generally located in Southern California. 

  • Companies determine student pay based on the student salary scale (majority of Co-Op salaries fall within $15.00-$20.00+ per hour).

  • There is no fee to participate in the Co-Op Program; however, students hired through the program must enroll in a Co-Op/Internship course to obtain credit.

  • Co-Op/Internship courses are typically a 1-2 units.

  • Industry partners usually prefer sophomore or junior applicants with minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • Students can be hired throughout the year with the condition that students are able to register in the required Co-op/Internship course. 


Benefits to Industry Partners

  • Strengthen managers with their mentor's interpersonal relationship skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Engage with our most ambitious and enthusiastic students
  • Allow students to explore new ideas and methods.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop students in your particular methods and processes
  • Enhance the “learn by doing” education philosophy due to the work experience offered by the partnership
  • Increase industry partners' fresh ideas, new strategies and techniques
  • Boost industry partners' efficiency with a cost effective way to hire young, educated and talented students
  • Foster human resources support to industry partners from personnel requisitions, job flyers, job announcements, recruitments, job offers, hiring, payroll, onboarding to termination
  • Industry Partners can count on a large pool of very qualified candidates from numerous universities.


Industry Partner Responsibilities:

Companies should assume the same responsibilities as those associated with a part-time employee including supervision and evaluation.  Industry Partners are expected to:

  • Provide students with productive, supervised work and the appropriate amount of training.

  • Give students an orientation to the workplace.

  • Discuss work expectations and company guidelines with students.

  • Provide feedback and student evaluations once a quarter/semester and at end of internship term.

  • Review the “Student Learning Plan” with student and forward copy to Cooperative Education.

  • Provide students with increased responsibility as they progress in their internship assignment or continue over a long period of time (several quarters or semesters).

  • Participate in a site-visit by Cooperative Education personnel.

  • Maintain contact with the Cooperative Education Coordinator during the student’s work term.

  • Inform Cooperative Education as early as possible of any unforeseen circumstances or student dismissal.

  • Inform students of any confidentiality issues.

  • Inform students of injury protocol or emergency procedures.

  • Adhere to Cooperative Education deadlines and guidelines