NEIA and Memorial University have partnered to promote and facilitate co-operative education within the environmental sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. By employing a co-op student for a semester, businesses in the sector have the opportunity to increase their outputs, acquire energy and expertise in specific operational areas, and build connections within the university community.
Students will Make an IMPACT with your Business!
Memorial University has a variety of programs which feature co-operative education components. It may surprise you what students from these programs can bring to the table for your organization. Did you know:
- Environmental Science students can apply scientific methods to help you solve environmental challenges;
- Kinesiology students can assist with employee wellness programs and ergonomic assessments;
- Economics students can assist with cost-benefit analysis of environmental projects;
- Commerce students can help with supply-chain management systems;
- Applied Social Psychology students can help you evaluate the success of your activities…
And more! Read on to learn more about what co-operative students can do for you.
Why Hire a Co-Op Student?
A Memorial University internship can provide significant value for your organization:
- Students are willing and able to undertake special projects and tasks
- Students can lighten work loads and provide vacation coverage without requiring a long-term commitment
- Employers can use the work term to evaluate and train students to fill post-graduate positions
Your Student’s Objectives
The objectives of the work term are to further students’ technical and professional skills. They develop:
- Professional attitudes and behaviour
- Interpersonal skills and maturity
- An ability to be self-motivated
- An understanding of professionalism and ethics
- An understanding of a broader environment
- An ability to manage a work-related project
- A clearer understanding of career alternatives
In the co-operative partnership between student, employer and the university, employers are asked to provide:
- Work assignments of a duration suitable to the employer and the student’s program
- Participation in the student selection process
- Appropriate professional guidance
- A salary consistent with the employer’s organizational salary structure
- An opportunity for a university representative to monitor the relationship between the employer and student during the work term
- A written evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the work term
Available Student Specialties
There are a number of programs from which you can select a student from. In some cases, it may not be obvious how students of a certain discipline can help your business, so be sure to click on each program to get a better idea of the area of study for the student, the type of work assignments appropriate for them, how they will be evaluated, and how they can improve your business.
Find out More
To find out more about Co-Operative education opportunities, including:
- avenues to subsidize funding of a student
- co-op semester scheduling
- and the application process
… sign up for an information session with NEIA and Memorial University’s Division of Co-operative Education below:
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