Industry Partners

The Cooperative Education is a program administered by the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Cal Poly Pomona. Students are paid part time employees of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.  Cooperative Education is a long term paid internship/educational program designed for students who want to obtain practical work experience while pursuing a degree.  This program prepares students for the work force by combining academic knowledge and work experience to produce an overall learning experience.

 The Basic Information...

  •  Students must complete the co-op program application form online.

  • After completing the co-op program application, students may apply for the co-op position posted on Cal Poly Pomona, BroncoConnection or our Co-Op website.

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  • 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. 

  • partners determine student pay based on the student salary scale (majority of co-op salaries fall within $12.00-$16.00+ 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 junior or senior applicants, but occasionally sophomores are requested with minimum 2.0 GPA.

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

    (Recruitment deadlines are available in the Industry Partner Handbook and under the Forms link on the right side menu).


Benefits to Industry Partners:


  • The opportunity to engage with our most ambitious and enthusiastic students.

  • Allowing students to explore new ideas and methods.

  • Provide the opportunity to develop students in your particular methods and processes

  • Enhancing the “learn by doing” education philosophy due to the work experience offered by the partnership.

  • Co-Op student would be an excellent representative and recruiters for your company on our campus.

  • Co-Op students would help your company with fresh ideas, new strategies and techniques.

  • The Co-Op program would provide your company with a cost effective way to hire young, educated and eager talent.

  • The CCE, Internship & Co-Op Office (ICO) would assist with recruitment, new hire paperwork, payroll (timesheets) and terminations.

  • Industry partners have the flexibility of offering academic year internships, year-round internships and summer-only internships.

  • Industry Partners working with CCE Cooperative Education can count on a large pool of very qualified candidates from over 20 universities.


Idustry 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