As a Stevens Co-op student, you represent Stevens. While working, it is important to remember that everything you do affects the Institute, the Co-op Program and the co-op students that follow you. By knowing your responsibilities at work, you will ensure your own personal success as well as that of the co-op program. It is important to read all of the information in this section carefully before you start work at your first co-op assignment.
What do I bring on my first day?
Dress appropriately and report at least 15 minutes early. Bring your social security card, driver's license, photo ID, and if you are an F1 student, your work authorization letter (given to you by the Co-op staff) and your passport with validated I20 from the International Student Services Office. Without proper documentation, you cannot work.
When do I complete my Learning Agreement?
Complete your Learning Agreement with your supervisor during your first week of work. Do not just drop the form on your supervisor's desk. Sit down with your supervisor for about 10 to 15 minutes and complete the form together. Then, mail, FAX or deliver it to the Co-op Office right away. The agreement is a simple two-sided form. The first side tells us how we can get in touch with you and your supervisor. The second side tells us what you are doing and what you will learn. (Remember to keep a copy of the Learning Agreement for your records)
How am I expected to behave at work?
Behave as a professional. Look around you. Dress as your coworkers dress (or better). Ask questions. Volunteer when help is needed. Be considerate to EVERYONE. Remember, the adage "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" may be an old idea, but it's not old fashioned. This position is your first really important reference and may well be the company that hires you when you graduate! Remember you represent Stevens. You can make or break our relationship with that employer!
What happens at the Mid-Term Site Visit?
A co-op staff member will make a site visit around Mid-Term. The purpose of the visit is to make sure everything is all right - both for you and your employer. We will discuss your performance and expectations. The visit takes about 30-45 minutes. (Note: At midterm, it is already time to start making plans to return to school for the next term).
Occasionally students run into problems on a job. We expect you to handle all situations to the best of your ability. If there is something you cannot handle or you want advice, call the Co-op Office right away. Someone there can help you resolve your issues before they become big problems.
What do I do at the end of my work term?
Before you leave the job to return to school, you ask your supervisor to do another evaluation. The final evaluation is required. At the end of the term, also discuss whether or not you will be returning for another work term. You are expected to return to the same employer for a second assignment. After that, you may choose to try other companies.
When do I vacate my co-op job?
As a program participant, a co-op student agrees to vacate his or her co-op job at the end of the work term. The length of the term is determined by your co-op schedule. Start and end dates should be set prior to beginning work. If there is a question about the length of a co-op work term, please talk to a co-op staff member.
How and when should I register for the next semester?
Even though you are working, you will register for your next semester the same as any other student. Please remember that you are responsible for meeting the same registration deadlines as all other Stevens students.
What should I be doing six weeks before I return to school?
If you have any bank loans, Stafford loans or grants that were returned during your work term, reapply for them 6 weeks before you return to school. Because loans were approved already, it is simply a matter of advising the bank and having the loan reissued.
When do I submit a housing application?
Housing applications must also be done at the same time as all other students. Otherwise, you might not get the housing assignment you want. Not being on campus is no reason to miss the deadline.