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Co-Op Course Information
While on your co-op assignment, you are expected to perform your duties and responsibilities in a professional manner as a representative of Santa Clara University. All scheduled work assignments are to be completed in a timely and satisfactory manner and participation in the program is a benefit and may be denied to anyone not meeting requirements or following guidelines. Individual cases and unique situations are subject to interpretation by the Co-op Coordinator and the School of Engineering. It is your responsibility to follow all guidelines and failure to do so could affect your grade and result in loss of course units or rejection from the program altogether.
The following course requirements need to be completed in a satisfactory manner and turned into the co-op program coordinator in order to receive a grade of pass.
Training Plan (step 6):
Once you have begun working, please schedule a time to meet with your supervisor and complete the Cooperative Education Training Program worksheet together. Please submit the completed form to the Co-op Coordinator within two weeks of starting your employment.
Final Report (Step 7):
The Co-op Report is a chance to reflect on your work both technically and personally. In order to receive a passing grade or before arrangements will be made for a new co-op, you must submit this report to the Co-op Coordinator two weeks BEFORE the last day of your approved co-op.
- 3 - 5 pages in length typed and double-spaced.
- Part 1: Technical review of your co-op experience. Include a summary of your assignment, what skills you developed, special equipment you used, your accomplishments, projects you completed, additional training you may have received, and how you were supervised. Please do not include any confidential or proprietary company information.
- Part 2: Critical reflection of your co-op experience. This allows the experience to have meaning for your life and enables it to inform and shape your future experiences. The following reflection questions will help you to review, organize, and interpret your experience:
- Reflection Questions:
- What have you learned about yourself – your knowledge, values, skills, and personal qualities?
- What have you learned about the way people interact with one another in the workplace?
- How does what you learned through this experience relate to your coursework?
- What did you learn about the way you approach problems and difficult situations?
FINISHING YOUR CO-OP ASSIGNMENT AND LEAVING THE COMPANY
Please complete the necessary procedures provided for exiting staff by the employer. Remember that the connections you have made during your co-op experience may be references for you in the future. Please note that choosing to terminate prematurely or leave a co-op without speaking to the co-op coordinator is not accepted. Please see important policies for more information.
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT POLICIES
- Students are expected to complete co-op assignments according to the requirements established by the Co-op Program and stipulated in the employer’s offer letter and job duties/responsibilities.
- Choosing to terminate prematurely or leave a co-op without meeting with the co-op coordinator before hand is not acceptable. Consequences for doing so include:
- A negative grade.
- Forfeiture of any refund on tuition and fees.
- Disqualification of further participation in the Co-op Program.
- Placing one’s visa status in jeopardy (for international students).
- If you are having difficulty with your employers or considering ending your employment, please meet with the co-op coordinator for assistance in handling the situation. You are a representative of SCU and we are here to assist you in having a positive experience.
- Students who took one quarter off to do a six-month full-time co-op assignment should receive registration materials as usual for the following quarter. If not, contact the Registrar’s Office.
- International students may work only during the dates approved on the I-20. Working without authorization is illegal and may jeopardize your F-1 status, including deportation.