The Cooperative Education Program provides UH Maui College and University Center–Maui students with opportunities to develop awareness, explore opportunities, and gain practical work experience in this special program integrating academic and career interests. Students intern with companies for 75 to 225 hours per semester (max 20 hours per week during Fall or Spring or max 40 hours per week during Summer) career-related and productive work-based experiences.
The student can earn academic credits for his or her internship experience. Internships may be either paid or unpaid, as determined by the employer. Once registered, a company can post their internships which will be accessible to UH Maui College and University Center – Maui students and graduates.
What are the benefits of Coop for Employers?
- Observe the potential and performance of prospective permanent employees.
- Reduce recruitment costs.
- Reduce basic training needs because the majority of Co-op students acquire basic technical skills and knowledge through classroom learning before enrolling in Co-op.
- Increase employee retention and motivation because Co-op students seek employment opportunities in their fields of academic and career interest.
- Enhance employee performance and motivation since work performance and achievement of learning/performance objectives is considered along with the instructional component in determining the student’s final grade.
- Availability of support and assistance from the Co-op instructor and other related faculty.
- Opportunity to be involved in the educational process and provide direct input to the College about employer’s training needs.
Students in the Cooperative Education Program are expected to:
- Comply with regulations and policies of the internship site and the College;
- Participate as a fully contributing member of the work team;
- Make the best use of learning opportunities provided by the employer.
Employer – Internship site mentors/supervisors are expected to:
- Provide meaningful activities to enhance student learning (orientation, training, and supervision);
- Assist student to accomplish appropriate learning objectives;
- Provide safe working conditions and environment including training on safe use of equipment;
- Conform to all Federal and State regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action as defined in the University of Hawaii policy and sexual harassment.
The Cooperative Education faculty is expected to:
- Provide relevant classroom instruction related to workplace professionalism;
- Monitor learning and performance of the intern through student feedback and assignments;
- Maintain contact with the mentor/supervisor to resolve any concerns;
- Provide coaching and counseling as needed.
Students are responsible to initiate the completion of all forms and to ensure that they are submitted to the CO-OP office in a timely manner. International students on F-1 visas have additional conditions to comply with for off-campus employment.