Cooperative Education

Through Cooperative Education, Benedictine is blending the resources of the academic world and the business community to create students who are truly prepared for life.

Academic Achievement. Professional Practice.

Code of Ethics

The following outlines the responsibilities assumed by the student, Benedictine University at Springfield, and the employer in the delivery of Cooperative Education.

The student agrees to:
  • Adhere to the employer's work schedule, and all other policies and procedures.
  • Complete the program until graduation without interruption in work and school assignments.
  • Assume personal and professional responsibilities for actions and activities.
  • Meet academic and performance standards set forth by Benedictine and the employer.
  • Continue compliance with the university's codes of conduct, policies and the Cooperative Education code of ethics.
  • Follow class syllabus requiring progress reports of experience and knowledge gained.
  • Keep confidential such matters as the employer may reasonably request or expect.
  • Notify the school and employer of any change in status.
The University agrees to:
  • Designate a representative to work with the employer's Cooperative Education liaison.
  • Furnish the employer with requested information related to student's field of study and academic standing.
  • Monitor academic progress and evaluate student's experience at the end of work period.
  • Partner with the employer in the development of a sustainable mentoring experience for the student.
  • Inform the employer of any change in a student's status.
The organization/employer agrees to:
  • Select applicants in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission principles.
  • Adhere to US Labor law, especially the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding compensation.
  • Provide a safe working environment for the student.
  • Provide a job description that outlines progressive work assignments related to the student's academic program.
  • Designate a staff member as a supervisor and/or liaison.
  • Be aware and supportive of learning objectives of the student as they relate to work assignments.
  • Orient the student to the employer's mission, policies, and procedures.
  • Process all personnel actions, keep necessary records, and originate any necessary contracts.
  • Conduct appraisals, counsel students regarding their performance, and complete an end-of-term evaluation.
  • Notify Benedictine of any change in a student's status.
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Entrance Requirements
  1. Full-time Benedictine University at Springfield student
  2. Junior standing
  3. 3.0 GPA or greater.
  4. Faculty recommendation
  5. Able to work up to 20 hours per week.
  6. Completed Cooperative Education application.
  7. Involvement in extracurricular activities on-campus is highly encouraged.
Cooperative Education Employer Partners

Our list of Cooperative Education employer partners continues to grow. Click here to see a current roster.

 Memorandum of Understanding

Our code of ethics is the foundation of the Memorandum of Understanding among Cooperative Education students, employers and Benedictine University at Springfield. This agreement frames the work experience and outlines the expectations of all involved.

Click here to view and download the Memorandum of Understanding.

Bradley J. Warren

Executive Director, Office of Cooperative Education
217-525-1420 ext. 3573
bwarren@ben.edu

Benedictine University at Springfield

Brinkerhoff Home 203
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702