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Co-op & Hire a Red Hawk

Although faculty advisors do not have access to Hire a Red Hawk, it is important to understand how your co-op students are using the system to manage their co-op/internship.

Starting the Co-op Process

In order for a student to enroll in a co-op course, they must complete the following steps:

  1. Sign into their Hire a Red Hawk account using their NetID and password
  2. Draft their resume using Resume Builder or upload their existing resume to be reviewed and approved by their career services office
  3. Read and agree to the Consent and Ethical Agreements on the co-op/internship application.  The application can be found under My Account > Co-ops & Internships
  4. Submit their co-op/internship information on the placement form.  The placement form must be approved by the student’s career services advisor and verified by the student’s employer prior to co-op enrollment
  5. Contact the appropriate career services office for enrollment information, should they decide to enroll in a co-op course
  6. Adhere to all program deadlines

Student Developed Co-ops

In certain cases, students will find their own co-ops/internships outside of Hire a Red Hawk and other Career Services resources.  For all placements, whether find on Hire a Red Hawk or through other resources, students will need to complete the Co-op/Internship Placement Form found on Hire a Red Hawk.  Prior to enrollment in co-op, the student’s Career Services advisor must approve the placement and the student’s employer must verify to the placement information provided.

Learning Agreements

Learning agreements are NOT completed in Hire a Red Hawk.  However, students can access and print the learning agreement template from their Hire a Red Hawk account.  The learning agreement can be found under Resources > Document Library

Faculty advisors should work directly with their co-op student(s) to complete the learning agreement by the deadline noted in the co-op calendar.

Mid-term and Final Employer Evaluations

All co-op supervisors are sent an email asking them to complete the mid-term and final evaluation forms through Hire a Red Hawk.  The evaluations ask site supervisors to evaluate the co-op student’s career readiness, as defined through the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) eight core competencies:

  1. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  2. Communications Skills
  3. Teamwork/Collaboration
  4. Information Technology Application
  5. Leadership
  6. Career Management
  7. Professionalism/Work Ethic
  8. Global/Intercultural Fluency

Accessing the Mid-term Evaluation

Students are notified once their employer has been asked to complete the midterm evaluation.  Once their supervisor has completed the midterm evaluation, students can access it by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Hire a Red Hawk account
  2. Click My Account, then Co-ops/Internships
  3. Under your placement form, click Employer Evaluation
    • If you do not see Employer Evaluation as an option, this means your supervisor has not completed the evaluation yet. In order to have access to the evaluation, your supervisor must complete it first.
  4. To save your evaluation to your local drive, click CTRL + P and change the Printer Name to Adobe PDF
  5. Once you save the file, you can submit it to your faculty advisor, either by email or uploading it to Canvas. If you are unsure how to submit your midterm evaluation, please contact your faculty advisor.

Accessing the Final Evaluation

The steps for students to access their final evaluation are slightly different than the mid-term evaluation steps. Students are still notified once their employer has been asked to complete the final evaluation.  Once their supervisor has completed the final evaluation, students can access it by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Hire a Red Hawk account
  2. Click My Account, then Co-ops/Internships
  3. Under your placement form, click Employer Evaluation
  4. Make sure the evaluation type is set to “FINAL EVALUATION” instead of “MIDTERM EVALUATION”
    • If the evaluation type is still set to “MIDTERM EVALUATION” it means that your supervisor has not yet completed the final evaluation
  5. To save your evaluation to your local drive, click CTRL + P and change the Printer Name to Adobe PDF
  6. As part of your co-op/internship requirements, you are responsible for submitting your employer’s final evaluation directly to your faculty advisor.  If you are unsure of how to submit your final evaluation (i.e., Canvas, email, etc.), please contact your faculty advisor.
Student Self-Evaluation

When co-ops are completed, the students are asked to fill out the student self-evaluation through Hire a Red Hawk.  Students evaluate their improvement in all competencies mentioned above.  In addition, students rate their satisfaction in the following areas:

  • Overall co-op experience
  • Employment/site supervisor
  • Work site
  • Hire a Red Hawk and the co-op process

Students can also detail any complaints or concerns they had during their co-op experience.  Students are not asked to submit this evaluation to their faculty advisor.