Manage Students Remotely

As many companies move to remote work for their employees, remember that student co-ops and interns can go remote, too!

These best practices will help you and your students have a successful transition.

The article, 7 Tips for Managing Remote Co-ops and Interns, is a good introduction. The author, Todd Foley, PhD, is Director of Digital Innovation with the University of Cincinnati’s Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education.

Also check out our recorded webinar on Creating a Remote Co-op and Internship Program.

Set Parameters

Before starting remote work, the supervisor and the student should agree on parameters for things like start and end dates, working hours, availability, communication and assignments, to guide the independent work the student will be doing. Use the Remote Work Form to guide that discussion and capture the terms in writing so that everyone knows what is expected.

Provide Training

The Remote Work Curriculum is a curated collection of seven LinkedIn Learning modules compiled by Aaron Burdette, PhD, Faculty Lead for the NEXT Apprenticeship Program at the University of Cincinnati. Think of it as onboarding for a remote desk. The modules address various aspects of remote work for student co-ops and interns and takes about four and a half hours to complete. We recommend having your student co-op or intern complete the training modules as they start work.


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Todd J. Foley, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Digital Innovation

(513) 556-5884

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Aaron Burdette

Faculty Lead, NEXT Apprenticeship Program

(513) 556-0320