Thank you for your interest in Essex County College students! Our cooperative education program is designed to enrich academic experiences by integrating classroom studies with work assignments that are related to students’ major fields of study and career goals.


Employers play a crucial role in the cooperative education process by arranging responsible positions that provide value to the organization as well as practical learning opportunities for students. Students are committed to spending a 12 to 15-week term working on an agreed upon assignments on a full- or part-time basis. The employer will inform the Office of Cooperative Education of the availability of any positions for co-op. Students will contact the employer, and candidates will be selected for the interview process. Final selections are made by the employer who agrees (where applicable) to pay the students the standard wage for the jobs they hold and follow the same regulations as for regular employees.


Benefits to Employers


Benefits of cooperative education to employers include:

  • savings in training and recruitment costs
  • the opportunity to evaluate potential employees without long-term commitment
  • a year-round flow of qualified talent that may be used for seasonal needs, research studies, and special projects
  • the opportunity to evaluate potential employees without long-term commitment
  • motivation of professional staff towards continuous learning

Requirements for Participation


Employers and work supervisors are encouraged to read all sections of the Cooperative Education Handbook to gain a clear understanding of the cooperative education program in its entirety. Essex County College welcomes any employer who is interested in participating in the cooperative education program provided the following guidelines are met:

  • The job must provide meaningful work experiences related to the student’s major and/or career objective
  • The employer commits to the terms outlined in the Cooperative Education Agreement and Student Learning Agreement
  • If paid employment, the employer agrees to pay students the standard hourly wage for the job they are performing
  • Feedback is provided to the Co-op Office about the interviews performed and of any hiring decisions
  • The position is secure for the full term as outlined in the Student Learning Agreement.
  • Hours are arranged on either a part-time or full-time schedule for the total number of hours agreed upon in the Student Learning Agreement.
  • Appoint a work Supervisor to provide ongoing supervision of the work assignment and a written evaluation of the student’s performance.

How to Get Started


If you have a position that you would like to post with the Office of Cooperative Education, there are three ways you may be able to do so:


1. Contact us at (973) 877-3453 and we will fax to you the Job Information Form to complete and fax back to us.


2. E-mail our Secretary, Andrea Hayes with the following information:

  • Employer’s Name and Address (City, State, and Zip)
  • Contact Name, Title, Phone, Fax
  • Co-op Job Title
  • Job Description
  • Hourly Wage
  • Hours per Week
  • Desired Majors
  • Skills/Qualifications Required
  • Co-op Start and End Dates


3. Mail the above information to us at the following address:

Essex County College
Office of Cooperative Education
Business Division, Room 3189
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102-1798


The Office of Cooperative Education will contact you with a list of pre-screened and interested candidates.


The employer will contact the students directly to set up interviews or may request assistance from the Co-op Office in setting up on-campus interviews. Employers are requested to contact the Co-op Office to inform us of any hiring decisions.


Essex County College Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Essex County College not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, marital status, affect ional or sexual orientation, disability, gender, or liability for military service. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of student enrollment, staff employment, and vocational opportunities.


Further, the College conforms to all federal and state statutes, orders, regulations, guidelines, and amendments concerning equal opportunities. New Jersey Law Against Discrimination; Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.


ECC has an obligation to ensure that its Non-Discrimination Policy is applied to students participating in the Cooperative Education Program. We therefore request that all students referred to your company be judged and treated in a nondiscriminatory basis. Participation in our Cooperative Education Program is predicated upon full compliance with this policy.


Frequently Asked Questions by Employers


How long is a co-op semester?


To ensure that they receive in depth work experiences students are required to work anywhere from 12 to 15 weeks. The number of work hours vary with the number of credits earned.


What types of responsibilities must I provide the student?


Employers should provide work experiences that present opportunities for significant learning. Co-op students are expected to apply knowledge gained from classroom experience as well as to develop new skills. Each co-op assignment will have Learning Objectives that are developed jointly by the Faculty Advisor and the student and agreed upon by the employer.


Whom do I contact with any questions or concerns?


If you should have any questions or concerns about the co-op program or about a particular student you may contact the Faculty Advisor whose information is listed in the Student Learning Agreement or contact the Office of Cooperative Education at (973) 877-3453.


Will there be any opportunity for input into the cooperative education program?


Employers are invited to attend annual Cooperative Education Advisory Committee meetings which consist of Co-op staff and faculty members from each department. Employers may also contact Faculty Advisors and/or the Office of Cooperative Education with any questions or concerns. Employers may also make comments on the student evaluation forms.


May I change a student’s job description, hours or placement?


Students have the opportunity to make revisions to their Learning Objectives within the first four weeks of the employment start date. If the proposed changes are likely to result in more than minor revisions to the Learning Objectives or if they are likely to occur outside the four-week window, the employer should contact the Faculty Advisor and/or the Cooperative Education staff.


What are my obligations as part of the Cooperative Education Program?


The requirements are to develop a job description, provide a valid learning experience, sign and commit to the Cooperative Education Agreement and the Student Learning Agreement, provide appropriate training and supervision, and evaluate student work during the cooperative education placement.


How do I post a cooperative education position?


Employers may send a typed job description with number of weekly hours, contact name, and salary (if paid position) to the Office of Cooperative Education by mail, fax, or electronic mail. Once received, the information is transferred to a Co-op Job Information Form and posted in the Co-op Office. Resumes of students who meet the criteria for that position are referred to the employer. If interested, the employer will then contact the student or the Co-op Office to schedule an interview. Employers are expected to provide feedback about the interview or of any hiring decision to the Office of Cooperative Education.

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