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Am I guaranteed a job?

While internship/co-op experiences enhance a student’s career opportunities, no student is guaranteed an internship/co-op experience or a job at the end of their internship/co-op.

What should I do if I have a problem at work?

The Career Services Office is available to assist you. However, your immediate work supervisor at the job site may also be able to help you. If you feel uncomfortable discussing a problem with your supervisor, be sure to contact your technical faculty member or Career Services Office for assistance. You may also need to look into your employer’s policies and procedures for the appropriate course of action.

Injury

Your employer will have information and procedures to follow in case of an on-the-job injury. If this information is not provided to you during orientation, ask your supervisor for the company’s policies and procedures.

If injured, alert your supervisor as soon as possible. Contact the Career Services Office as soon as possible. Since you are a regular employee, contact your employer about any workers’ compensation, including the name(s) and location(s) of the medical providers designated by your employer.

Layoffs

Sometimes, economic conditions may cause an employer to terminate your employment before your internship/co-op is completed. Internship/co-op students are regular employees, which means that they are not protected from layoffs. As soon as you are notified of a layoff, contact the Career Services Office.

Discrimination

Terra State Community College does not tolerate any form of discrimination towards students, on– or off-campus. Although the Career Services Office makes reasonable efforts to insure that co-op/internship work sites are free from discriminatory practices, students may still experience illegal and unethical behavior in the workplace. If you feel that you have experienced unfair treatment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status, you should contact your faculty member or Career Services Office. Arrangements will be made if you are unable to discuss these matters during normal business hours. Discussions are confidential until you authorize disclosure.

Once notified of such an experience, the Career Services Office will try to resolve the problem. No action will be decided upon without your input.

Terra State Community College strongly encourages you to keep the Career Services Office informed of any type of discrimination or harassment experienced during an internship/co-op. This information will help the Career Services Office to determine whether or not other students should complete a co-op with that employer.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. This is a serious form of discrimination.

There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment. As defined by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Quid pro quo occurs when "submission to or rejection of [unwelcome sexual] conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual." Hostile environment is when “unwelcome sexual conduct unreasonably interfer[es] with an individual's job performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment."

If you feel that you are a victim of sexual harassment during your co-op/internship, contact the Career Services Office immediately. The Career Services Office will work to resolve the problem. Just like any other form of discrimination, discussions are confidential until you authorize disclosure and no action will be decided upon without your input.

Terra State Community College strongly encourages you to keep the Career Services Office informed of any type of discrimination or harassment experienced during an internship/co-op. This information will allow the Career Services Office to determine whether or not other students should complete a internship/co-op with that employer.

Discharge from the Job

Employers may discharge you for many reasons:

  • Unsatisfactory performance
  • Irregular attendance, tardiness
  • Unacceptable attitude or behavior
  • Inability to complete tasks

Employers are encouraged to contact the Career Services Office prior to employment actions. The office will work with the employer and the student to resolve any issues.

If you are discharged, contact your Career Services Office immediately.

Deserting a Job

If you leave a co-op/internship position without the Career Service Office’s approval, you may be; subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action

For information on Terra State Community College’s disciplinary actions, see the Student Code of Conduct as found in the most up-to-date College Catalog or online at http://www.terra.edu/deanofstudents/codeofconduct.html.

How Will I get Paid?

Internship/co-op students are regular employees and employers compensate them according to their position, and experience. All paychecks come from your employer.

Income Taxes

Before beginning work, federal law requires that you complete a W-4 form so that the appropriate taxes are deducted from your wages. If your employer does not deduct taxes from your wages, you are still responsible for paying them. All wages earned during an internship/co-op experience are subject to IRS taxation.

Minimum Wages, Hours, and Overtime Pay

Work-based learning experiences are included under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This means that employers must comply with the provisions regarding minimum wage, hours, and overtime pay.

Unemployment Compensation

According to Section 4141.01(A)(3)(e)(ii) of the Ohio Revised Code, all co-op/internship students are ineligible for unemployment compensation based on their employment under a work-based learning program. Employees who are registered to receive academic credit for a period of employment fall under this law.

If an employer extends an employment period and if the employee is not registered to received academic credit for the extended employment period, this new employment period may be used to qualify for unemployment compensation benefits.

Students with Disabilities

Employers are required by law to provide reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of a qualified person with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed in order to apply for a co-op/internship position or to perform essential job functions, it is your responsibility to inform your prospective employer and the Career Services Office that an accommodation is needed.

How Can Career Services Help me?

Terra State Community College’s Career Services Office is dedicated to helping you reach your professional goals. Our staff can help you with these issues:

  • Searching for a Job
  • Selecting Your Major
  • Writing a Résumé
  • Career Assessment
  • Finding Student Employment
  • Participating in a Mock Interview

If you have questions about our services, we encourage you to contact us today. The office is located in A-100.
 

 

Employer FAQs

Income Taxes

Before beginning work, federal law requires that students complete a W-4 form in order for the appropriate taxes to be deducted from their wages. All wages earned during a work-based learning experience are subject to IRS taxation.

Minimum Wages, Hours, and Overtime Pay

Cooperative education and internship work experiences are included under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers must comply with the provisions regarding minimum wage, hours, and overtime pay.

Unemployment Compensation

According to Section 4141.01(A)(3)(e)(ii) of the Ohio Revised Code, all internship and co-op students are ineligible for unemployment compensation based on their employment under a work-based learning program. In order for an employer to avoid having to pay unemployment tax for internship/co-op employees, the employer must provide the internship/co-op employee with an award letter stating:

  • The employment is temporary (include specific date range of employment)
  • The employment is part-time or full time
  • The employee is registered to earn academic credit at Terra State Community College for the specified period of employment.

If an employer chooses to extend the employment period and the employee is registered for academic credit for the new employment period, a new award letter must be created. If an employer chooses to extend the employment period and the employee will not be registered academic credit, the employer will be responsible to pay unemployment tax for this new employment period.

Students with Disabilities

Employers are required by law to provide reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of a qualified person with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed in order to apply for an internship/co-op position or to perform essential job functions, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the prospective employer and the Career Services Office that an accommodation is needed.

How Career Services Can Help Employers

Terra State Community College’s Career Services Office is dedicated to helping employers reach their staffing goals. Our staff can help you with any of the following:

  • Internship/Co-op Guidance
  • Job posting on our Thunder Job Board
  • Résumé Searches
  • Job Fairs
  • On-campus Interviews

If you have questions or comments about our services, we encourage you to contact us today. The office is located in A100 Admissions and Advising.

 

 

Internships at Terra State

Career Services
Location: A-100F Roy Klay Hall
Email: Internships@terra.edu
Phone: 419.559.2349
Fax: 419.559.2352

Cancelled Classes

 There are class cancellations for Tuesday, September 20, 2017. 

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