Co-Operative Education: Supervisors

The Co-Operative Education site Supervisor determines the quality of the student's work/learning experience by creating a work environment that promotes positive work performance and allows the goals of the employing organization to be achieved. Roles and responsibilities of the Supervisor include:

  • Develop a job description that clearly lays out specific duties and responsibilities.
  • Offer on-going professional development and training opportunities, both formal and informal.
  • Provide opportunities for mentoring, two-way feedback, learning, and support for the intern.

Essential components of the job description must be included in the Co-Operative Education Learning Agreement and include:

  • A list of the specific job responsibilities and tasks assigned to the student
  • The student’s work schedule with start and end dates plus an outline of hours to be worked each day of the week
  • The day and time during the week that the student will meet with the supervisor to review job performance and progress toward learning objectives
  • The criteria used by the supervisor to evaluate the student’s job performance.

Career and Employment Services will send Supervisors a Performance Appraisal Form near the end of the academic term.

Co-Operative Education fieldwork sites are subject to advance approval by the Internship Coordinator. All co-operative education opportunities will be reviewed for the following:

  • Offer an environment that promotes a positive learning experience
  • Provides students an opportunity to explore or gain experiences in an area of career interest
  • Provides for adequate, on-going supervision
  • Offer students the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the employing organization

Complete Co-Operative Education Guidelines, as approved by the Curriculum Committee on April 18, 2008 include:

  • General overview of Co-Operative Education activity units
  • Eligibility
  • Requirements
  • Grading
  • Designation
  • Credit