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How the Co-op Program works

Emily (law) spent a work term with Dwyer Tax Lawyers in Victoria.

Emily (law) spent a work term with B. Dwyer Tax Lawyers in Victoria.

Real-life learning in action

Co-op image - shoesAt UVic, learning extends beyond the classroom. Through our co-operative education program (co-op), students alternate academic terms with paid work terms in relevant positions. By hiring a co-op student, you’ll become a partner in education while benefiting from students’ ideas, energy and skills.

Why hire a co-op student?

Cost-effective recruitment
Each work term gives you a four-month interview of a potential future employee. Many employers hire former co-op students after graduation, which means lower recruitment and training costs and higher employee retention.

As a co-op employer, you'll have year-round hiring access to hundreds of enthusiastic, highly capable student employees available for work terms beginning in January, May and September. Co-op students can help you undertake extra projects and lend relief to your regular staff during peak periods.

Access to resources
UVic Co-op students come from a wide range of academic disciplines, so you’ll be able to find your perfect job candidate. Our students bring fresh ideas, new academic knowledge and specialized skills to your workplace.

Professional support
Every UVic co-op student has undergone academic screening and a workplace preparation process. When you hire a UVic co-op student, you're also hiring a professional support system. A co-op coordinator will be there to help you at every stage of the process.

Community relationships
When you become a co-op employer, you also become a valued partner in UVic education. We’ll consider you a co-educator, and you’ll have the opportunity to exchange ideas and even undertake joint research with the University.

How to hire a co-op student

  1. Submit your job description to our online co-op job board, or contact us if you’d like us to help you write it.
  2. Review the cover letters and résumés of student applicants and choose the most suitable candidates to interview. We’ll set up an interview schedule that works for you. You can interview students at your office, on campus, on the phone or through Skype.
  3. Tell us which candidate you would like to hire. We’ll contact the student and let you know if he or she accepts the job offer. We will then ask you to send the student a letter to formalize the details.

Hire an international co-op student
Want to benefit from a global perspective, a diversified workplace and fluency in other languages? We host international students from all over the world. Hire an international co-op student through the UVic Co-op Program.

For employers outside Canada
Are you an employer outside Canada? Many of our students are interested in international job opportunities. Hire a UVic co-op student to work for your organization abroad.

How much will co-op cost me?

Co-op and Career’s recruitment services are completely free. As a co-op employer, you’ll set your student employee’s salary based on the student’s skills, your organization’s resources and industry standards. For current salary ranges, just ask your co-op coordinator.

Under the terms of a collective agreement or the Employment Standards Act, you’ll also provide benefits: four per cent vacation pay or time off in lieu during the student's work term. For more information, please look over BC's Employment Standards Act.

Funding opportunities

We offer several funding programs to help co-op employers. Please see our employer funding opportunities page for details.

You can also encourage students to apply for co-op student funding opportunities.


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Frequently asked questions

  1. Are government subsidies available?

    The following federal, provincial and private organizations provide subsidies to co-op employers:
  2. Who pays for housing and relocation?

    Students normally cover their travel and accommodation costs, but some employers make their postings more competitive by offering incentives or subsidies.
  3. When are students available?

    Co-op students are available year-round. Work terms generally begin in January, May and September but job descriptions are accepted any time. Co-op work terms are typically four months long, but students sometimes work for one employer for more than one work term.
  4. What kind of students are available?

    Many different types of students, including undergraduate and graduate students from every faculty on campus, participate in the UVic Co-op Program. Our students are skilled in diverse areas. If you're not sure which co-op program best meets your needs, call 250-721-7628 for direction.
  5. Are students screened before they join co-op?

    Most co-op programs require students to maintain a B+ average to participate in co-op. Before their first work term, students must also take part in preparation courses that cover employability skills, workplace culture and career management.
  6. Can I hire UVic Co-op students if I'm not located in British Columbia?

    Certainly! UVic Co-op students love to travel. We encourage our students to embark on work terms with employers across Canada and around the world.
  7. Can I contact students directly?

    No. Because UVic Co-op is part of the university's education program, we manage the entire process leading up to the acceptance of a job offer. All communication must go through our co-op office until the placement is confirmed.
  8. What about confidentiality?

    It’s a good idea to discuss any confidentiality issues with your co-op coordinator before you make a job offer. We require student employees to follow your organization's confidentiality policies and to recognize that the information they work with, including the results of any research they undertake, is the property of the employer.

Exceeding national standards

CAFCE logoAll 224 UVic Co-op degree programs are accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

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