Join leading recruiters who have hired our students and alumni, and watched them become leaders in their organizations. Hire a Wentworth student for your co-op, or soon-to-be graduates and alumni for your full-time opportunities.
Hire a Co-op
Two co-ops are mandatory for all full-time undergraduate day students in order to graduate. Co-ops are offered three times per year. While on co-op, students are required to work for the duration of the semester at a minimum of 30 hours per week. Co-ops are generally paid 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 the co-op semester.
Co-op semesters last four months and are built into the curriculum. Students return to the classroom after their first mandatory co-op where they apply real-world experiences and then pull it all together to complete their final mandatory co-op. Wentworth prides itself on requiring each undergraduate day student to complete two co-op semesters while still graduating our students in four years. Most students graduate in August allowing our new alumni to begin their full-time jobs in September.
Important Upcoming Co-op Dates
Semester begins (first official start date of co-op)|
Tuesday, January 9|
Thursday, May 2|
Last day to make an offer|
Tuesday, January 16|
Thursday, May 9|
Latest Employment start date|
Wednesday, January 17|
Wednesday, May 15|
Co-op assessment due – student & employer|
Wednesday, April 10|
Friday, August 2|
Last day of official co-op semester|
Thursday, August 17|
Thursday, August 15|
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.
Hire for Full-Time from Wentworth
Prime recruiting season for graduating Wentworth students is during the summer. To accommodate our co-op program, the majority 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 for both graduating students and Wentworth alumni to our online job board, WITworks.
How The Center for Cooperative Education & Career Development Can Assist
On-campus recruiting. We can help you schedule a virtual or in-person 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.
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.
Get in Touch
Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 617-989-4101 to learn more about how to recruit Wentworth students and be involved on campus.