Program Description

Description

To enhance students’ potential for success as adults, Loyola requires juniors and seniors to participate in the Loyola Work Experience Program, the first program of its kind in the metro Detroit area. As a component of Loyola’s academic program, the Loyola Work Experience Program gives each student the opportunity to use personal and professional skills in a real-world workplace environment. At the same time, the Loyola Work Experience Program helps students assume part of the financial responsibility for their own education.

Program Details

► Juniors and seniors work one day each week, plus one Friday per month in entry-level clerical positions at law and accounting firms, manufacturers, healthcare facilities and other service providers. These employers are referred to as the Loyola Work Experience Program partners.

► Students sign over their earnings to the Loyola Work Experience Program to help reduce the gap between what they pay in tuition and the actual cost of their education.

► A team of four students share a full-time position. Each student works one day a week, Monday – Thursday, plus one Friday a month.

► Part-time positions are also available one, two or three days a week.

► The Loyola Work Experience Program charges a flat fee and handles payroll, W-4, workers compensation, FICA and other payroll issues.

► Partners who outsource a full-time position to the Loyola Work Experience Program pay a fee of $34,000. Partners who outsource a part-time position pay a prorated fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the Loyola Work Experience Program’s start and end dates?
A: The program runs from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the last day of school which is typically the second week in June.

Q: Do students receive any job training to prepare for their placements?
A: Yes, the Loyola Work Experience Program provides summer training sessions as well as periodic sessions throughout the school year. Training includes workplace etiquette, phone skills, filing and photocopying. Additionally, students are competent in Microsoft Word and Excel from their Loyola computer classes.

Q: How are students assigned?
A: After determining the needs for each position and evaluating student skills, the Loyola Work Experience Program staff assigns each student to his position.

Q: How do students make up missed classroom instruction?
A: When Loyola made the decision to adopt the Loyola Work Experience Program in 2003, the faculty and administration developed a schedule for juniors and seniors that ensures students do not miss classroom instruction because of workdays.

Q: Who supervises the students?
A: The Loyola Work Experience Program staff, in consultation with the partner, supervises students. The Loyola Work Experience Program Director works with each student and partner in all supervisory matters.

Q: How do the students get to work?
A: The Loyola Work Experience Program staff provides transportation to and from the work site.

Q: Can students work on school holidays or during the summer?
A: Students can work over breaks and holidays. The Loyola Work Experience Program continues to provide transportation. The partners pay the Loyola Work Experience Program a per diem rate. After deducting the transportation costs, the Loyola Work Experience Program turns this compensation over to the student. Additionally, juniors can work the summer before their senior year.

Q: How do the students dress for work?
A: Students report to work in their school uniform which consists of dress pants, dress shirt, dress shoes, belt and tie. In some cases, their attire will be adjusted to conform to the standards of the work site.

Q: How can our company get more information?
A: For more information, please contact Kenneth Gardner at 313-861-2407, ext. 126 or by email at kgardner@loyolahsdetroit.org