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Hire a co-op student

Maddy (MPA) spent a work term with the Union of BC Municipalities in Victoria.

Maddy (MPA) spent a work term with the Union of BC Municipalities in Victoria.

UVic co-op students can make an ideal addition to your workplace. By hiring a co-op student, you’ll become a partner in education while benefiting from students’ fresh ideas, energy, motivation and skills.

Students are available from diverse program areas and at the undergraduate and graduate level. You can also hire international students keen to gain Canadian work experience (learn more about hiring international students).

How to hire a
co-op student

  1. Submit job description: Submit your job description to Learning in Motion (our online co-op job board), or contact us if you’d like us to help you write it. You can see tips and samples in the "Writing job descriptions" tab to the right.
  2. Review applications: After your job posting closes, we'll send over the application packages from students who applied to the position. Review these cover letters and résumés and choose the most suitable candidates to interview.
  3. Conduct interviews: We’ll set up an interview schedule that works for you. You can interview students at your office or on campus, or remotely by phone or Skype.
  4. Make a job offer: 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. (Please do not contact the student directly to make the offer.) Students will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer. If the student accepts the job offer, we'll ask you to send the student a letter to formalize the details.

You can advertise one job to students from many different program areas, but you'll have a single staff point of contact on our end to make things simple. Your co-op coordinator will be happy to help you at every stage of the process.

Programs
available

Anthropology Co-op

Anthropology Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to museum and cultural heritage, social services, emergency planning and preparedness, cross-cultural communication and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Anthropology develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "anthropology" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Anthropology Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op

Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op

What our students can do

BikeOur students focus in diverse fields, including medicine, public health, veterinary science, agriculture, horticulture, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, fisheries and environmental protection. All are trained in lab research; many are experienced out in the field.

Junior biochemistry and microbiology students are trained in aseptic techniques, bacterial characterization, and some food, water and medical microbiology. They can analyze food, water and environmental samples, maintain quality control of pharmaceutical compounds and monitor industrial fermentation processes. Senior students can contribute to research projects in cellular and molecular biology, advanced biochemistry, recombinant DNA technology, immunology, molecular genetics and proteomics.

Student competencies

Students studying in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Biochemistry and Microbiology" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Biochemistry and Microbiology
Co-op and Career
Petch Building, room 191
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Biology Co-op

Biology Co-op

What our students can do

bikeBiology Co-op students specialize in a range of disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries, forestry, resource management, ecotourism, pest management, environmental monitoring, wildlife assessment and tracking, botany, microbiology, genetics and medical research. 

In the lab, they learn logic and report-writing skills, basic plant and animal taxonomy, microscopy and aseptic techniques, cellular biology and biochemistry. On the job, students can apply their skills in field and lab research, monitoring and management, project planning and implementation, data analysis, literature review, report preparation, public speaking and teaching.

Student competencies

Students studying in the Department of Biology develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Biology" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies. 

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Biology Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8637 (phone), 250-721-7215 (fax), bico@uvic.ca
  • Diane Luszniak (coordinator): 250-721-8649, biocoop@uvic.ca
  • Rachel Richmond (co-op assistant): 250-721-8637 (phone), bico@uvic.ca

Mail:
Biology Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Biology Co-op and Career
Cunningham Building, room 105
3800 Finnerty Rd (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Business Co-op

Business Co-op

What our students can do

BikeAt UVic, we know practical experience is crucial in the business world. That’s why all students from UVic's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business participate in co-op. Our students specialize in three high-demand areas: entrepreneurship, international business and services management.

Many Business graduate students also take part in Business Co-op. Our students can put their skills to work for you in:

  • business plan development
  • market research
  • communications and translation
  • accounting
  • human resources
  • customer service
  • public relations
  • administration
  • analysis and report writing
  • cross-cultural awareness
Student competencies

Students studying in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Business" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Co-op Employer of the Year Award

Every year, Business Co-op and Career awards two Business Co-op Employer of the Year awards: one to a Lower Mainland employer and one to an employer in Victoria. The UVic Business Co-op Employer of the Year is selected based on the following criteria:

  • overall support and involvement with the UVic Business Co-op and Career Centre;
  • the number of co-op students and UVic graduates hired into career positions;
  • involvement in our programs (such as the Interview Clinic, the Career Fair, etc.);
  • participation with the student community (acting as a guest speaker, mentor, or providing information sessions).
Contact Business Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Business Co-op and Career Centre
Business and Economics Building, room 112
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Business Co-op and Career Centre
Business and Economics Building, room 112
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Chemistry Co-op

Chemistry Co-op

What our students can do

bikeChemistry Co-op students put their skills to work in environmental monitoring, quality control and research and development. Our employers include industrial and pharmaceutical companies, analytical companies and government.

Our junior students are trained in qualitative and quantitative analysis and instrumentation, including AA, IR, UV/Vis, NMR and MS. They can analyze soil, sediment and tissue samples; carry out quality control; maintain instruments; and develop and verify methods. Third and fourth year students study advanced organic, inorganic, analytical and theoretical/physical chemistry. They receive full laboratory training, conduct project-oriented experiments, and focus in advanced fields, including supramolecules, natural products, photochemistry, laser spectroscopy, material science and computational chemistry.

Student competencies

Students studying in the Department of Chemistry develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Chemistry" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Chemistry Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Chemistry Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Chemistry Co-op and Career
Elliot Building, room 119
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Dispute Resolution Co-op

Dispute Resolution Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

The Master of Dispute Resolution (MADR) program trains students to assess diverse conflicts and to work with others to develop practical strategies and interventions for public policy and governance.

Our students put their skills to work in government and in not-for-profit, international development, human rights and consulting organizations. They can help develop public policy; build mechanisms and processes to peacefully resolve public disputes; perform qualitative and quantitative research; prepare policy papers; design, administer and analyze surveys; and plan, implement and evaluate programs and projects.

Student competencies

Students studying for a Master of Dispute Resolution degree develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Dispute Resolution Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Dispute Resolution Co-op
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Dispute Resolution Co-op
Human and Social Development Building, room A302
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) Co-op

Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) Co-op

What our students can do

bikeAt EOS Co-op, we’re proud of our cross-disciplinary EOS program. Our students study igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary and resource geology; paleobiology; earth and atmospheric sciences; global tectonics; hydrogeology; and geochemistry, as well as chemistry, math and physics. They’re also trained in a ten-day field school class and learn logic and report-writing skills.

Our co-op students work for diverse employers, including the mining and oil industries, environmental consulting firms and government agencies. They can apply their skills in many areas, including field geography, resource-based geology, water quality, oceanography and atmospheric science.

Student competencies

Students studying in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Earth and Ocean Sciences" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Earth and Ocean Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Earth and Ocean Sciences Co-op and Career
Elliott, Room 119
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Economics Co-op

Economics Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to corporate finance and governance, policy analysis for government, investment and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Economics develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Economics" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Economics Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op

Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op

What our students can do

bikeAll engineering students take part in UVic Co-op. Our students work in business, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and around the globe. On their co-op work terms, our engineering students have:

  • developed Client Protection software (Microsoft)
  • improved equipment for children with special needs (CanAssist)
  • performed structural design of marine technology (Robert Allan Ltd)
  • created designs for the Plasma Arc Project (DND Fleet Maintenance)
  • advised companies on their lighting needs (BC Hydro)

Computer science students are trained in software engineering, web programming, business applications, network and systems administration, website design and technical support. Our math students study cryptography, data analysis, statistical analysis, discrete mathematics and more. On the job, computer science and math students have:

  • fixed bugs on Blackberry devices (Research In Motion)
  • digitized kayak shells (Ocean River Sports)
  • added functionality to software programs (Electronic Arts)
  • applied cryptography (Communications Security Establishment)
  • researched and analyzed health care trends (Statistics Canada)
Student competencies

Students studying in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete AFTER the interview
Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Engineering and Computer Science/Math
Co-op and Career
Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 562

Environmental Studies Co-op

Environmental Studies Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to climate change policy, environmental conservation, parks interpretation, social services, government research, land use planning, international development and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Environmental Studies develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Environmental Studies" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Environmental Studies Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op

What our students can do

bikeEPHE Co-op students put their skills to work in health clinics, fitness and rehabilitation centres, parks and recreation, government ministries, youth camps and community associations around the world. EPHE Co-op is divided into two programs:

  • Kinesiology Co-op students study healthy movement and contribute to the training, development and health maintenance of children, adults, seniors and athletes. They promote employee wellness; assess physical fitness and wellbeing; prescribe exercise and healthy lifestyles; design environments to promote health; and help advance the understanding of human performance.
  • Recreation and Health Education Co-op is mandatory for all RHEd students. Students study and practice community recreation and social service administration. They’re trained to plan, implement, assess and supervise recreation, sport, fitness and health policies and programs that support social change. They can think critically, analyze information, manage human resources and develop administrative policy.
Student competencies

Students studying in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about these program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education
Co-op and Career
McKinnon Building, room 112
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Geography Co-op

Geography Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to parks and protected areas, climate change adaptation, land use planning, scientific research, emergency planning and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Geography develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Geography" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Geography Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Health Information Science (HIS) Co-op

Health Information Science (HIS) Co-op

What our students can do

bikeHIS Co-op students study database design, statistics, networks and telecommunications, health care software design, epidemiology, hospital information systems, information resource management, medical methodology, healthcare ethics and project management.

They’re trained to:

  • set up and upgrade hardware and software
  • extract, interpret and report database information
  • build, implement and maintain databases and websites
  • interface information systems
  • provide IT training and helpdesk support to clinical staff
  • establish service agreements with clients and vendors

On their co-op work terms, our HIS students have:

  • revised the database and completed the training manual for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (Health Canada)
  • rolled out and educated users on the Tracemaster ECG Management System (Mt. Sinai Hospital)
  • converted a database from Paradox to Access 2000, and remotely installed and tested the Downtime Patient Index (Vancouver Island Health Authority)
  • developed an information management strategy for CIO (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
Student competencies

Students studying in the School of Health Information Science develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Health Information Science" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Employer placement schedule

This schedule outlines placement details about interviews, postings and more for employers hiring in K11.

Forms to complete during the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Health Information Science (HIS) Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Health Information Science Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Health Information Science Co-op and Career
Human and Social Development Building, room A202
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing (HFPW) Co-op

Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing (HFPW) Co-op

What our students can do

bikeHFPW co-op students are passionate about communications, creativity and culture. Our students work for newspapers, book and magazine publishers, media, government, museums, galleries, cultural societies, advocacy groups, not-for-profit organizations, tourism and more.

Our professional writing students specialize in journalism and photojournalism, publishing, technical and creative writing and corporate communications. They’re also trained in electronic media, including desktop publishing and website design. Our arts students are skilled in research, writing, project management, languages and critical thinking. Our visual arts students focus in graphic design and creative arts.

On their co-op work terms, our students can:

  • write news stories, profiles and features for publication
  • perform and produce theatre
  • handle marketing, communications, public relations and advertising
  • plan and coordinate events, fundraise and supervise volunteers
  • research, formulating and evaluating policy
  • design and maintain databases and websites
Student competencies

Students studying in the Faculties of Fine Arts and Humanities develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing (HFPW) Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
HFPW Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
HFPW Co-op and Career
University of Victoria
Clearihue building, room D128
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 562

Law Co-op

Law Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

UVic Law Co-op students work in government, private law firms, not-for-profit organizations, unions, crown corporations and educational institutions across Canada and around the globe.

Some of our co-op employers include:

  • BC Public Service Agency, Victoria
  • Hospital Employees Union, Burnaby
  • Nunavut Court of Justice, Iqaluit
  • Environment Canada, Ottawa
  • Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Ghana
  • UNICEF, Thailand and China

Before their first work co-op work term, our students have completed a minimum first year of legal studies. They have excellent legal research and writing skills, and their ongoing legal education means they’re up-to-date on new developments in the law.

Student competencies

Students studying in the Faculty of Law develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Law" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Law Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Law Co-op
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Law Co-op
Fraser Building, room 140
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Physics and Astronomy Co-op

Physics and Astronomy Co-op

What our students can do

bikeOur co-op employers include high-tech businesses, scientific research organizations, crown corporations, and government and university research labs. All our students have a strong base in mathematics, computer programming and numerical methods.

Physics students study mechanics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic, nuclear, particle and quantum physics; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; geophysics; and medical, mathematical and solid state physics.

Astronomy students are trained in solar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy; radio astronomy; astrophysics; and observational astronomy.

In your workplace, our students can:

  • collect, analyze and process data by computer
  • set up and calibrate instruments
  • fabricate equipment
  • develop, follow and observe experimental procedures
  • identify problems, suggest solutions and interpret results
Student competencies

Students studying in the Department of Physics and Astronomy develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Physics and Astronomy" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Physics and Astronomy Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Physics and Astronomy Co-op
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Physics and Astronomy Co-op
Elliott Building, room 119
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Political Science Co-op

Political Science Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to corporate governance, policy research and analysis for government, program support for not-for-profit organizations and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Political Science develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Political Science" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Political Science Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Psychology Co-op

Psychology Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to research work for government, social services, marketing and business-related activities, youth programming, education outreach and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Psychology develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Psychology" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Psychology Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Public Administration Co-op

Public Administration Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Our co-op program connects you with students seeking public sector work experience in diverse areas, including:

  • research
  • program evaluation
  • policy analysis
  • event planning and coordination
  • cost-benefit studies
Student competencies

Students studying in the School of Public Administration develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Public Administration Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

Mail:
Public Administration Co-op
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Public Administration Co-op
Human and Social Development Building, room A302
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Sociology Co-op

Sociology Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Through this program, you can hire students seeking work experience related to research and policy work, social services agencies, educational outreach and more.

Student competencies

Students studying Sociology develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select "Sociology" from this list to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Sociology Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Social Sciences Co-op

Social Sciences Co-op

bikeWhat our students can do

Social Sciences Co-op students study anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, political science, psychology or sociology. In the workplace, our students can:

  • conduct archaeological fieldwork and catalogue artifacts
  • perform cost-benefit analyses, econometrics, micro- and macroeconomics
  • assess environmental impact and restore contaminated sites
  • manage water, forest and fisheries resources
  • plan and implement youth and community development programs
  • develop and analyze policy
  • manage communications, including website content, briefing notes and summaries
Student competencies

Students studying in the Faculty of Social Sciences develop specific competencies related to their academic program. Select an academic program to learn more about program-specific competencies.

Forms to complete DURING the work term
  • Review student's work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment) by the second week of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
  • Complete the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment) a week before the work site visit (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete BY THE END of the work term
  • Complete the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment) at the end of the work term (you'll receive an email with a link to this form)
Forms to complete AFTER the work term
Contact Social Sciences Co-op

Questions? Need help to post a job or write your job description? Let us know!

  • Main office: 250-721-8689 (phone), 250-721-6212 (fax), sscoop@uvic.ca
  • Barb Fisher (anthropology/economics/psychology/sociology coordinator): 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
  • Helen Kobrc (environmental studies/geography/political science coordinator): 250-721-7358, hkobrc@uvic.ca
  • Linda Marley (co-op assistant): 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca

Mail:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

Courier:
Social Sciences Co-op and Career
Social Sciences and Math Building, room A204
3800 Finnerty Rd.
Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Hiring
schedule

Co-op students are available year-round. Work terms generally begin in

  • January
  • May
  • September

but you can post job descriptions anytime. If your co-op placement doesn't fit the September, January or May start dates, we’d be happy to discuss alternatives with you.

Work terms usually last for four or eight months (parallel to academic terms) so that students can alternate their work experience with their studies. Sometimes students and employers decide to extend a co-op work term for an additional four months. Where possible, students on an eight-month placement should be given increased responsibility and salary.

Hiring schedule
Action
Hiring for fall term (Sept-Dec)
Hiring for winter term (Jan-Apr)
Hiring for summer term (May-Aug)
Send in your job description
May 1 - Aug 31 Sept 1 - Jan 1 Jan 1 - Aug 30
Screen applications
Within two weeks of posting the job
Interview candidates
At your convenience
Extend a job offer by contacting the Co-op office
Following the interviews
Receive confirmation of the job placement  from our Co-op office
Within two days of informing the Co-op office of whom you'd like to hire

Writing job
descriptions

What goes into a co-op job description?

What goes into a co-op job description?

A job description is a “snapshot” of a job. It should clearly, concisely describe what responsibilities and tasks the job involves. It should also list the key qualifications of the job—the specific credentials, skills and traits you’re looking for in a co-op student.

Here’s a quick look at what makes up a well-written co-op job description:

  • employer name and division
  • a brief description of your organization
  • title of position
  • job location
  • term of employment
  • approximate salary and hours of work
  • overall responsibilities of the position
  • specific tasks the student will do
  • qualifications (skills and experience required to do the job—you may like to include a “required” and a “preferred” section)
  • special requirements (writing sample, portfolio, driver’s license, etc.)

Writing tips

Writing tips
  • If you’ve hired co-op students for this position before, try not to rely only on the job’s history when you write your job description. Focus on the current—what does the job look like now?
  • A task is what the employee will actually do. Qualifications are the skills, attributes or credentials they will need to perform each task. It’s helpful to clarify the job’s tasks before you decide what qualifications an employee needs to perform them.
  • A well-written job description is more than a laundry list of a job’s responsibilities and tasks—it should reflect an overall sense of job priorities.
  • Use specific language in your job description. For example:
General
Specific (more descriptive and helpful)
Strong communication skills Ability to distill technical jargon into plain language
Good with computers Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop and InDesign
Handles administrative tasks Gathers, sorts, and files records of completed projects

Sample posting: Business Co-op 

Sample posting: Business Co-op 

Employer: World Association of Newspapers

Position: Marketing Assistant

Key responsibilities

As a member of the WAN product management team, you will be engaged in key projects and initiatives to drive new revenues and improve processes. While partnered with a mentor/coach, you will support the product managers in all phases of product marketing. In these roles, you will be expected to:

  • demonstrate strong analytical abilities;
  • perform gap analysis and develop recommendations for improvement;
  • contribute to business case development;
  • create process maps and investigate and recommend process improvements for efficiency gains; and
  • research and evolve product life cycle plans.

Required knowledge

  • Understanding of marketing principles and levers and the relationships between them (e.g. pricing, market share, value propositions, demand drivers, customer marketing, customer segmentation, product life cycle management, sales incentives, etc.)
  • Understanding of the sales cycle

Required skills and abilities

  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong teamwork focus
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently

Sample posting: Engineering Co-op 

Sample posting: Engineering Co-op

Employer: Creo

Position: Design and Production Assistant (mechanical engineering)

About Creo

Take a really good concept, surround it with smart, creative, motivated people, provide the tools they need to succeed, treat them with respect and believe in their ideas. That's a recipe for success and has helped Creo grow from a local company of two people to a global company of 4,000+. We provide a unique, free-thinking, challenging work environment where the dress code is always casual and where Creoites set their own hours (flex-time).

As the world's largest supplier of pre-press equipment, Creo is leading the digital transformation of the graphic arts industry. Our products bring together software systems, precision mechanics, electronics, and optics designed from the ground up for productivity, reliability, and exceptional quality.

Job description

You will work as part of a team assisting in both design and production support activities. As an intermediate- to senior-level student, you will be working on testing, detailing, and drafting, as well as problem solving and design.

Activities typically include some of the following:

  • Product prototyping and testing to prove design concepts
  • Mechanical design tasks including concept development and analysis
  • Detailed design and drafting
  • Machine shop and fabrication techniques
  • Defining procedures and designing production tooling jigs
  • Product assembly and demonstration

Sample posting: Social Sciences Co-op

Sample posting: Social Sciences Co-op

Employer: Mosqoy (NGO)

Position: Administrative and Outreach Director

What is Mosqoy?

Mosqoy is a small non-governmental association (NGO) based in Victoria, BC that works to support youth and indigenous communities of the Peruvian Andes. The Mosqoy: Sacred Valley Youth Fund provides post-secondary educational opportunities for promising youth of impoverished communities of the Sacred Valley of Peru. The Q’ente Society, Mosqoy’s partner project, works to revitalize the Quechua weaving tradition as a means to providing cultural and economic sustainability to the region.

Job description

The Administrative and Outreach Director is responsible for communicating Mosqoy’s message to the general public, as well as assisting with internal communications.

Tasks include:

  • producing bilingual promotional material and other PR initiatives
  • creating training manuals and board handbooks
  • networking
  • internal communications with sponsors
  • communications with Peruvian and Canadian staff
  • planning cultural exhibitions and conferences

Prerequisites (required)

  • excellent writing and editing abilities
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • self-directed and strong work ethic
  • organized and proactive
  • good phone manners
  • creative, innovative, and enthusiastic
  • leadership qualities
  • attention to detail
  • basic level of Spanish
  • interest in international development initiatives

Assets (optional)

  • fluent or advanced level of Spanish
  • experienced in public relations and/or communications
  • partially or fully based in Victoria, BC
  • experienced working in the NGO sector
  • experienced working in a non-Western country

During the
work term

As a co-op employer, you're a valued partner in education. Here are a few tips to help you and your co-op student make the most out of the co-op work term.

Complete the competency assessments

Complete the competency assessments

UVic Co-op uses a competency-based model that asks co-op students and co-op employers to assess students' learning in relation to 10 core competencies.

The following schedule outlines how you, as the employer, will assess student progress on the work term:

  • First week: Your co-op student will complete the work term goals and learning objectives form (part 1 of the Competency Assessment). Once your co-op students submits this, you'll receive an email from UVic Co-op and Career with a link to the completed form. Set up a meeting with the student to review the form and discuss his or her learning objectives.
  • End of the second month: Your student will fill out the mid-term assessment form (part 2 of the Competency Assessment. You'll receive an email once your student submits this, and you will be asked to complete the employer section of the form (there will be a link to this form in the email). You can use the Description of 10 core competencies document as a helpful resource.
  • Second or third month (midway through the work term): Your co-op office will arrange a work site visit. During the visit, the co-op staff member will ask you and your student to discuss the student's learning and competency development, and will refer to part 2 of the Competency Assessment.
  • End of the work term: Your student will fill out the final assessment form (part 3 of the Competency Assessment). You'll receive an email once your student submits this, and you will be asked to complete the employer section of the form (there will be a link to this form in the email).

Help your student become familiar with your workplace

Help your student become familiar with your workplace

After you've hired a student, it’s a good idea to provide an orientation session to help them understand more about your organization. It's a great time to:

  • develop work term goals with the student
  • explain your organizational structure and orient your student to the workplace
  • ask your student about his or her learning objectives
  • outline your expectations

Orientation could include a tour of your workplace, an introduction to your colleagues, and an overview of how your organization works. You might also want to provide the student with an introduction to the projects and tasks that they’ll be completing over the work term. Here’s an orientation checklist for ideas.

Employers should be clear about expected workplace behaviour and professionalism. This is also a good time to outline any confidentiality issues. Make sure your student employees know how to follow your organization's confidentiality policies and understand that the information they work with, including the results of any research they do, is your property.

Train and supervise your co-op student

Train and supervise your co-op student

Over the course of the work term, you’ll provide supervision, either personally or by assigning a mentor to the student. Every situation is different, so the level of supervision depends on the co-op job as well as the student. Your co-op coordinator can help you determine the appropriate level of supervision to provide.

What if you have problems with a co-op student?

What if you have problems with a co-op student?

At the first sign of any unusual situation involving your student employee (behaviour problems, medical emergencies, etc.), you should contact your co-op coordinator, who will work with you and the student to resolve the problem. In the unlikely event that you are considering terminating a co-op student for any reason, please discuss your concerns with your co-op coordinator.

After the
work term

The work term submission

The work term submission

All co-op students are required to complete a work term submission for each work term. Submission requirements are different for each program. Students can find specific information on their co-op program page.

Some co-op programs encourage students to start thinking about a topic early in the work term and to discuss their submission topic with their employer. Topics often involve a project or learning opportunity that the student found valuable.

Most submissions are due 15 to 30 days after the work term has ended. The report is evaluated by the co-op coordinator or by a UVic faculty member.

If the report contains confidential information, you may mark the student’s work term report instead. Some programs have a work term evaluation form, which must be completed one month after the work term ends. For sample work term reports, please contact your co-op program office.

Evaluate the Co-op Program and hiring process

Evaluate the Co-op Program and hiring process

At the end of the work term, please complete the confidential Evaluation of the Co-op Program form, as well as the Evaluation of the hiring process form. These forms take about 3 minutes to complete and will help us improve our program for the future.

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