Why should you hire a co-op student?
Many employers feel today's graduates have no concepts of the “real” world of work; we are providing this experience in co-op. Any job that gives the student related background in your business would be suitable. Co-op students are ultimately looking ahead to careers in businesses such as yours. For this reason they're not expecting to simply put in time on the job, but are eager to get involved and make a worthwhile contribution. Participation in co-op also gives the employer the opportunity to try out a student's capabilities without obligation or commitment to permanent employment.
This work oriented educational system integrates classroom study and paid, on-the-job work experience, by alternating periods in College with periods of employment by co-operating companies.
It is essential that the work experience be a normal one; that the student be treated like a regular company employee so that a realistic picture of the working environment in that field may be obtained. Perhaps most important is what students may gain from the working experience, ie. what is to be discovered, attitude to work, and the ability to get along with co-workers at all levels.