At Seattle Central, we know that your business is special. You provide an important line of products or services and you require employees who understand your way of doing business. You look for people who are knowledgeable in their fields, able to solve on–the–job problems, and can adapt to your operations.
How the Cooperative Education/Internship Program can meet your needs
Through our program, you have access to qualified, motivated students who possess a wide range of skills and are available to meet your temporary or long–term employment needs. Students work part–time in businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations and attend class on a part–time or full–time basis.
This educational approach combines academic coursework with supervised career–related experience and provides students with an opportunity to explore or clarify career choices and acquire career related experience; improve existing skills, or learn new skills applicable to future employment; and earn college credit.
By participating in the Co–op Program, your organization can:
- Reduce recruitment and training costs by evaluating prospective employees.
- Participate in and influence the educational process.
- Develop a partnership with Seattle Central, an institution pledged to serve Seattle.
Selection of Student Employees
Employers who wish to participate in the program are encouraged to submit a job or internship description. Positions are posted immediately and, if applicable, routed to appropriate faculty, and/or e–mailed to student listservs. Interested students will contact you directly. You interview and select the student(s) best suited for your organization. There is no obligation to retain students who do not meet your standards of employment.
Students typically work 10–25 hours per week and earn 2–5 credits per quarter for jobs, or paid/unpaid internships. Internships are generally 8–12 weeks in length. Students in college transfer or technical programs can participate in the program.
We encourage organizations to consider offering compensation to the student(s). This will help attract quality candidates. Additionally, many students work part–time and often reduce their work hours to take an internship so receiving some form of compensation is appreciated. If you are unable to offer a regular wage consider helping the student with a stipend or internship–related expenses such as tuition fees, transportation costs, meals, etc.
If you are a for–profit company, compensation is expected and mandated by federal regulations. Read Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Unpaid internships will not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act if the position meets all six of the criteria found in the fact sheet.