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COP202 Cooperative Education/Internships

Employer/Supervisor Guidelines

The following information provides guidelines for employers/supervisors who are planning to host an NSCC student for the fall, winter/spring or summer semester.

FAIR LABOR LAWS OF 1938 – HIRING UNPAID INTERNS

  • The internship must be similar to training that would be given in an educational environment
  • The internship must be for the benefit of the intern
  • The intern does not displace regular employees
  • The employer derives no immediate advantage from the intern
  • The intern is not entitled to a job at the end of the internship
  • The intern understands that he or she is not entitled to wages

HOSTING A COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP STUDENT

  • The employer should provide a detailed position description
  • The employer should be committed to working with a representative from North Shore Community College (NSCC)
  • The organizational culture should support students

GOALS OF THE COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

  • The employer should provide meaningful work for student over the course of the semester. Students usually work between 12 and 15 hours per week for a total of 120 hours.

EXPECTATIONS OF HUMAN RESOURCES

  • The employer should provide the student’s supervisor with sufficient/efficient supervisory skills to work with and mentor the student
  • The employer should provide the student’s supervisor with sufficient time to organize and oversee the student’s work
  • The employer should work with the student to uphold standards of Business Professionalism (e.g., attendance, professional appearance/attire, interaction with others)

EXPECTATIONS OF PHYSICAL RESOURCES

  • A safe, adequate workspace
  • Access to computers/needed technology (e.g., Internet, necessary software, telephone/fax)
  • Adequate reference resources
  • Parking or availability to public transportation
  • Interaction with others (e.g., employees/colleagues; clients, if applicable)
  • Handicapped accessibility should be noted

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • The employer may offer a hourly wage/salary/stipend
  • In lieu of compensation, the employer may offer other remuneration (e.g., parking or travel allowance)

DURING EMPLOYMENT PERIOD / AT COMPLETION OF EMPLOYMENT PERIOD

  • During the employment period, the supervisor should be available for discussion with an NSCC representative
  • During the employment period, the supervisor should be available for a mid-semester on-site visit
  • At the completion of 120 hours of work, the supervisor should be willing to provide the student with a letter of recommendation if applicable
  • At the completion of 120 hours of work, the supervisor should complete the post-internship evaluation
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