Search for co-op jobs

Co-op work terms typically start in September, January and May. You can search and apply for co-op jobs during the previous term, up to four months in advance. So, if you want to go on a work term starting in May, you can start searching in January.

When you're ready to start looking for co-op jobs, you'll need to tell your co-op office so they can make you eligible to search and apply for jobs on Learning In Motion (also known as LIM).

TIP: Ask to become eligible as early as possible so you can access more job postings, including the first ones posted each term!

You may also be asked to book a job-planning meeting (30–45 minutes) with your coordinator to discuss your upcoming work term. You might talk about:

  • Your areas of interest and career goals
  • Your desired job criteria (location, salary, type of employer, etc)
  • Job options that might match your interests and criteria
  • Tips to be competitive in your search (résumé, cover letter, interview readiness, etc)

Your co-op office will then let you know when you've been "released" to start your search!

Search for jobs on LIM

You can apply to any co-op jobs you see posted on LIM. Employers choose which program(s) they would like to open their posting to, so only applicable co-op jobs will show up in your search. New jobs are posted frequently, so check back often!

For tips with your search, see How to search for co-op jobs on LIM.

Interested in doing an international co-op? Check out co-op abroad for details.

Find your own co-op position

If you're keen to work for a particular employer or in a certain type of role, you may also be able to seek out jobs beyond LIM by approaching an employer directly. To qualify as a co-op placement, your job must be at least 12 weeks long (420 hours), be paid work and provide you with a learning experience related to your academic program.

Tips for finding your own position:

  • Tell your co-op coordinator that you’re planning to look for your own job. 
  • Make a list of employers you plan to contact—we can tell you if they’ve hired co-op students in the past. Check out job posting sites and work search tips to find ideas.
  • Contact the employers, introduce yourself, and explain your goals, skills and how you can help their organization. Mention that co-op staff are happy to help them through the hiring process.
  • Let them know if they might be eligible for employer funding.

If all goes well, you'll follow the employer’s application and interview process. (If you’re offered a job, tell your co-op office—your employer will need to send the co-op office a written letter of offer. If you’re not successful, thank the employer and keep in touch!)