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Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program (RICP) - Employer Information

What is the Rutgers Internship & Co-Op Program (RICP)?

An academic credit-bearing course for students participating in internships or co-op. It is an opportunity for employers to partner with Rutgers students who want to earn academic credit for their work experience. Students are enrolled in an online course with career-related and reflective assignments due throughout the semester.

Apply to Become an RICP Approved Employer:

Complete and submit a RICP Employer Application to recruiting@echo.rutgers.edu. Once submitted, a member of our Employer Relations Team will contact you within 3-5 business days.

Why partner with us?

  • Enable students to earn academic credit for their experience
  • Help students establish clear learning objectives and gain transferable skills while making an impact at their internship/co-op site
  • Benefit from more focused, motivated and driven students since their experience is part of an academic course
  • Learn how to enhance your internship or co-op experience through resources provided by Career Exploration and Success  
  • Increase branding opportunities on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus
  • Become an integral part of helping students make connections between their academics and career goals
  • Stand out amongst internship/co-op postings in Rutgers Handshake with a RICP endorsement
  • Receive acknowledgment at Career & Internship Fairs and other on-campus recruiting events

What qualifies as an internship/co-op?

Refer to our Employer Internship Handbook (PDF) to creating and maintaining an internship program.

Career Exploration and Success recognizes the following as internships/co-ops:

  1. Carefully monitored and structured work experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he/she is learning throughout the experience.
  2. Positions that promote academic, career and/or personal development
  3. Positions that may be paid or unpaid (must comply with FLSA)
  4. Positions supervised by a full-time professional staff member

(Adapted from materials published by the National Society for Experiential Education - NSEE)

Career Exploration and Success does not recognize the following as internships/co-ops:

  1. Volunteer positions with for-profit organizations.
  2. Research positions or positions involving payment for participation as a research subject.
  3. Positions that are commission only. Positions that have a salary plus commission are acceptable.
  4. Positions performed in private homes, including childcare, gardening, housekeeping, and respite care.
  5. Camp counselor positions.
  6. Positions obtained from temporary agencies or third-party recruiters.
  7. Multi-level marketing opportunities.
  8. Positions that require any investment by the student, for instance, having to purchase equipment or products in order to earn a wage or paying for necessary training.
  9. Ongoing part-time or full-time jobs that do not relate to the student’s career goals.

How do I recruit interns/co-op students for credit? 

What are the recommended deadlines for posting an internship/co-op for credit?

Post opportunities up to ten weeks in advance to allow the interview and decision-making process to occur before the academic registration deadlines are approaching.

Internship academic semesters with recommending posting and offer dates:

Spring: Jan to May (post by Oct 1 and extend offers by Jan 10)
Summer: May to Aug. (post by Mar 1 and extend offers by May 10)
Fall: Sept to Dec. (post by July 1 and extend offers by Aug 20)

Co-op academic semesters with recommended posting and offer dates:

Spring: Jan to June (post by Oct 1 and extend offers by Jan 10)
Fall: June to Dec (post by Mar 1 and extend offers by May 10)

We strongly recommend you encourage students to apply for our program several weeks in advance to allow for ample application processing time, approval, and registration prior to the first day of classes. 

What is expected of an employer once a student is enrolled?

Students are required to have an assigned supervisor throughout the duration of their internship or co-op. Supervisors must agree to assist students in filling out required documents to pass the course, such as the learning agreement, supervisor evaluations, and hourly log sheet. Supervisors are also expected to serve as a mentor to the student and provide necessary for the job training.

Where can I get more information?

  • The Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program is managed by Sue Pye. If you have any specific questions related to the program, please email internships@echo.rutgers.edu.
  • For more information on recruiting for full-time, internship, or co-op positions, contact the Employer Relations Team at recruiting@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-445-7287.