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Types of students to hire

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More than 14,000 students attend UVic, and many of them search for work through UVic Co-op and Career.

Hire a
co-op student

Types of co-op students

Co-op students come from more than 45 academic disciplines. These students alternate their academic terms with work terms related to their fields of study. If you’re looking for short-term help and want to hire someone who is familiar with your industry, then hiring a co-op student is the right move. Both undergrad and grad students take part in co-op.

Looking for a particular skill set? Our students take part in the following academic disciplines. You can contact related co-op programs to hire students from these programs:

*Co-op is mandatory in these program areas
Those programs where co-op is available only at the graduate level are indicated in italics.

How to hire a co-op student

Hiring a UVic student is easy, and our co-op coordinators can help you every step of the way. For details, contact your Co-op and Career office.

  1. Develop a job description

    Submit your job description [Mycoop.ca], or give us a call at 250-721-7628 if you‘d like help writing it. You set the salary based on fair market wages. We’ll post the job on our online co-op job board and send you résumés of the students who apply.

  2. Interview the best candidates

    Once you’ve chosen the applicants you’d like to interview, we’ll arrange an interview schedule that’s convenient for you. You can interview student candidates at your office, on the phone, on the UVic campus or by videoconference.

  3. Make a job offer

    If you find a suitable candidate, we’ll make the offer of employment. Students have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer. Once the placement is confirmed, we’ll ask you to send the student a letter to formalize the employment details.

When to hire

Co-op students are available year-round. Work terms generally begin in January, May and September but you can post job descriptions any time. Co-op work terms are typically four months long, but students sometimes work for one employer for multiple work terms.


Hiring for the fall term (Sept to Dec) Hiring for the winter term (Jan to Apr) Hiring for the summer term (May to Aug)
Send in your job descriptions May 1 - Aug 31 Sept 1 - Jan 1 Jan 1 - Apr 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 your Co-op office Within two days of informing the Co-op office of whom you’d like to hire

Hire a
UVic student

Looking for part-time or full-time help? UVic students are always on the lookout for work opportunities. Post a job on our online job board to hire students from the following academic disciplines:

Looking for more information? Find out more about hiring UVic students and alumni.

Hire a
UVic alumnus

Hundreds of new alumni graduate from UVic every year, and all UVic alumni continue to have access to our online job board. To hire a UVic graduate, just post a job and specify what you’re looking for. You can hire graduates from the following academic programs:

Looking for more information? Find out more about hiring UVic students and alumni.

Hire an
international student

More than 1,600 international students from 100 different countries study at UVic and hundreds more arrive each year on exchange. International students can bring a unique global perspective to your workplace.

Many international students complete co-op work terms, while others seek part-time and full-time work. They must secure a work permit before applying for jobs.

Many Canadian employers hire international students after graduation. Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers several programs to help you hire international students.

Post a job on our online job board to hire international students from the following academic disciplines:

Looking for more information? Find out more about hiring UVic students and alumni.

How to hire an international student

To hire an international student, you’ll follow the same hiring process as you would to hire other students. Just specify in your job description that you’re seeking an international student.

  1. Post your job description on our online job board. If you’d like help writing your job description, just contact your Career Services office and we’d be happy to help.
  2. Review the cover letters and résumés of the students who apply. You can choose to receive these cover letters and résumés directly, or let us know if you’d like our office to collect them and forward them to you.
  3. Select the most suitable applicants and schedule your interviews. If you’re posting a full-time opportunity for a new graduate, contact us and we can schedule you an on-campus interview for free.
  4. Choose the candidate you’d like to hire.

Why hire international students?

  • Bring a fresh perspective into your workplace.
  • Benefit from students’ fluency in multiple languages.
  • Link to global markets.
  • Engage students’ cultural knowledge and apply it to your business practices.
  • Recruit the brightest new graduates for today and tomorrow.

What documents do international students need?

They’ll need a valid work permit and a Social Insurance Number in order to work off campus. Co-op and Career can help students secure these documents.

What international students are available?

  • International UVic students who are not part of a co-op program: Not all international students take part in co-op. Many of these students look for full-time, part-time or casual work experience or volunteer opportunities with Canadian employers.
  • International co-op students studying at UVic: Many international students, including those studying at UVic and those on co-op exchanges from international universities, seek co-op work terms as part of their degree programs. If you’re a co-op employer, you can hire international co-op students for four-month work terms or longer.

Can you hire international students for long-term employment?

Several government programs allow you to hire international students after they graduate.

Want to learn more?

For more information about hiring an international student, contact Co-op and Career’s international coordinator.

Phone: 250-721-6076

Email: intlcoop@uvic.ca

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