Recruiting at Wentworth

During the pursuit of their undergraduate degree at Wentworth, all full-time undergraduate day students are required to complete at least two full-time (minimum 30 hours weekly) co-ops in order to graduate. Co-ops are offered three times per year:

  • Spring: January – April
  • Summer: May – August
  • Fall: September – December

Important upcoming Co-op dates

Co-op Schedule Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Semester begins (first official start date of co-op) Tuesday, September 6 Tuesday, January 10 Thursday, May 11
Last day to make an offer Tuesday, September 13 Tuesday, January 17 Thursday, May 18
Latest Employment start date Monday, September 19 Monday, January 23 Wednesday, May 24
Co-op assessment due – student & employer Monday, December 5 Wednesday, April 12 Wednesday, August 9
Last day of official co-op semester Tuesday, December 13 Wednesday, April 19 Thursday, August 17

In each co-op, students are required to work for the duration of the semester at a minimum of 30 hours per week. Co-ops are paid (there are exceptions for non-profit organizations) using standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. The recruiting period for each cycle typically takes place during the four months prior to the start of co-op. Post your job description to the Wentworth community quickly and easily through our online recruitment tool, WITworks.

Co-op Recruiting Policies

Wentworth enforces the following policies for recruiting our students for co-ops. We are happy to work with you on complying with these policies. In addition, employers must adhere to federal and state employment laws.

      • Job description. Each co-op posting requires a job description. Since co-ops must be related to a student’s major, the job description is critical in assessing its relevance and academic rigor.
      • Mentoring and supervision. Wentworth requires that co-op supervisors be content matter experts. For example, engineering students need to be supervised by engineers; computer science students must be supervised by computer experts.
      • Performance Management. It’s important to manage the student’s job performance and provide timely and helpful feedback. About three weeks after your student’s start date, identify and discuss successes and opportunities for improvement. Near the end of your student’s assignment, we will ask you to complete an online assessment for your student. This form is a critical component of the student’s grade and must be completed within the time frame requested.
      • Problem resolution. On occasion, students may not meet an employer’s expectations. We are happy to discuss substandard performance if necessary. We can coach students to help them successfully complete their co-op. Any student who is unsuccessful receives a failing grade and must repeat the experience in order to graduate.
      • Notification of layoff or discharge. Since students are enrolled as a full-time student at Wentworth during their co-op, it is critical to know of any changes to their employment status. While the students themselves typically notify us of a layoff or discharge, we ask that the employer also notify us of this change.
      • Compensation. To determine whether interns/co-ops must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, please refer to Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. To help make this determination, refer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s final ruling on determining independent contractor status. Based on the government’s definition of an independent contractor, it is unlikely that a co-op student could be classified as such. For your reference, we have compiled this guide of average co-op pay from the previous year and the median starting salaries for the most recent graduating class.

Recruiting a Wentworth Graduate

Prime recruiting season for graduating Wentworth students is NOW. To accommodate our co-op program, many of our students graduate in August, while others finish their degrees in December and April. We invite you to recruit on campus or by posting jobs to both graduating students and Wentworth alumni through our online recruitment tool, WITworks.

How The Center for Cooperative Education & Career Development Can Assist

Virtual On-campus recruiting. We can help you schedule a virtual on-campus interview day. Efficient and effective, interview days simplify the process of scheduling numerous interviews. In addition, they are promoted extensively on campus, raising awareness of your company and job opportunities. Recruiting Wentworth alumni. Wentworth maintains close ties to our alumni, including helping them find rewarding job opportunities throughout their career. Contact us to discuss the best ways for your organization to reach and recruit our exceptional and experienced alumni. Virtual employer information sessions. Coming to campus for an employer information session can be a very effective way to promote your company and your job opportunities. To participate, your organization must have active positions posted in WITworks and have an upcoming on-campus interview day scheduled. Hiring Days. Wentworth offers virtual hiring days through the Spring and Summer for your co-op or full-time recruiting needs. Host a 15-minute virtual information session followed by a day of 15-minute virtual interviews. Learn more.

Get in Touch

Contact Chris McIntyre, External Relations Specialist, to learn how to recruit Wentworth students and be involved on campus. He can be reached at 617.989.4188 or