Co-op

This section is intended to acquaint faculty with the procedures of the Hostos Community College Cooperative Education Program. We welcome your participation and look forward to working with you towards the goal of providing a quality cooperative education experience for students. There is strong emphasis on integrating work site learning and classroom learning. Co-op staff members in consultation with Co-op faculty members develop written cooperative education training and evaluation materials to guide participating organizations and measure the progress and success of co-op students.

Paid versus Unpaid Internships: U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act on Internship Programs
If your organization supports unpaid internships, Hostos Community College’s Career Services Office recommends that all organizations review the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act on Internship Programs.

It is strongly preferred that organizations pay interns for work performed.

If your organization is unable to offer a paid internship, please consider helping the student with a stipend or expenses related to their internship such as transportation costs, meals, etc.

Unpaid internships will not violate the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act if it is a training program which meets the following criteria:
  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

For additional information, please refer to the Department of Labor's Guidelines »