Work terms are paid and generally start in January, May or September and last for approximately four to eight months. Below is an example of a typical co-op hiring process. Contact your institution’s co-op office to review specific guidelines and processes.
Step 1: Job Postings
Accepted students will have access to view employer co-op job postings the semester before they choose to work.
Step 2: Students Apply
Students apply for co-op opportunities through their institution. The co-op office sends packages of student applications to the employer to review.
Step 3: Interview Process
Employers screen students' resumes and potential candidates are selected for the interview process. The Co-op office will assist in arranging interview times for the employers and the candidates. Interviews can take place on campus or at the place of employment. Telephone interviews or video conferencing can be arranged for non-local employers.
Step 4: The Placement Process
Once employers have selected their preferred candidate, the Co-op coordinators will make the offer to the student and confirm with both parties when the offer is accepted.
Step 5: During the Work Term
*During the work term, the institution's faculty or Co-op staff conducts a work site visit and the employer evaluates the student's performance. *Please check with your individual institution to review work term requirements.
Step 6: End of the Work Term
*Employers are requested to provide a written evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the work term. Students are required to submit a work report or reflection on their work term.
*Please check with your individual institution to review work term requirements.