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Applications of Co-Operative Education and Internship Programs for Recruiting Engineering Staff & Developing Talent

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Abstract:

With an increasing shortage in qualified engineering graduates, public agencies, private corporations, and universities are teaming to develop hiring/recruiting relationships and enhance graduate opportunities. This paper/presentation explores implementation of co-op or internship programs and the benefits of these programs for both employers and graduates.

Aspects of programs summarized below include: (1) length of employment period(s), (2) types of assignments given to junior and senior level students, (3) benefits provided during intern periods, (4) historical data regarding hiring upon graduation, including likelihood of being hired longer term by co-op employer and (5) entry level salaries for students with internship experience as compared to graduates without work experience.

Keywords: COOPERATIVE EDUCATION; INTERNSHIP; RECRUITING; RETENTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864707787223727

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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