Basics of Co-Op Ed Internships for Employers
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Cooperative Education (Co-Op) internships create educational partnerships among Montana State University Billings, the business community, and students.
This unique academic program allows students to earn academic credit, and often a wage, while combining classroom learning with practical work experience. In 2013-14, 196 students earned 811 CE credits; paid interns earned $13.48/hr, on average.
Co-Op Ed is first and foremost an educational program that provides work experience relevant to students' fields of study.
No more than 20% of an intern's responsibilities may be administrative or unrelated to their field.
Students are required to work a minimum of 45 hours for one credit; 3 credits = 135 hours of work.
On average, interns work 10-12 hours per week during a 15-week semester.
Employers offering paid internships attract more students. The more an intern is treated like an employee, the more he or she will act like one. See the Fair Labor Standards Act for details.
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Interns = Employees
Internships are a great way to recruit new employees.
Hosting an intern saves on recruitment costs.
Hiring interns is a great way to test-drive future employees.
Internships help build a stronger workforce in the community.
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