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Rutgers Internship & Co-op Program
Employer Information

Thank you for your interest in hiring our talented students.  Below is some information about our credit-bearing internship option for undergraduates, as well as some general information on recruiting.  The Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program is coordinated by Sue Pye and Amanda Choo.  If you have any specific questions related to the program, please email internships@echo.rutgers.edu.

RICP is ideal for employers who want to:

  • Attract motivated students eager to apply their knowledge and academics to employment experiences.
  • Stand out as an “employer of choice” by creating a mutual benefit for your organization and your student hire.
  • Build students' commitment to your organization.
  • Provide students with meaningful work experiences to allow you to evaluate them for future full-time opportunities.
  • Join a network of other employers who also value top talent and understand the benefits of hiring a Rutgers student.

Learn more about RICP:

Why should I participate?

Participation will increase your visibility to students on campus and enhance your work environment. Students may bring new perspectives to old problems. In addition, internships and co-ops are an efficient way to recruit and evaluate potential employees. RICP ensures students are reflecting on their learning experiences and allows employers to evaluate student progress.  For a guide for creating and maintaining an internship program, refer to our Employer Internship Handbook (PDF).

What qualifies as an internship/co-op?

University Career Services 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)

University Career Services 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 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 recommend 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 on the job training.

Where can I get more information?