Co-op Information for Employers

Welcome employers!

Interested in learning more about the UNBC Co-op program?

Please choose from a topic below or you connect with us to learn more!

What is co-op?

As defined by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), a co-op program is an educational model that “formally integrates a student's academic studies with work experience.”

In co-op programs, students usually alternate academic terms with co-op work terms so that they can take what they’ve learned and put it in action and bring their co-op work term experiences back into the classroom, enriching communities across campus.


Why hire a co-op student?

Hiring a co-op student gives employers the opportunity to:

  • engage with new talent to assist with organization growth or day-to-day tasks,
  • mentor the next generation,
  • reduce future recruitment costs, and
  • provide feedback on UNBC programming and collaborate with various faculties and departments.

When you hire a UNBC Co-op student, you are hiring a student who is:

  • enrolled full-time in an undergradate Arts, Commerce, Health Sciences, Planning, or Sciences degree program,
  • maintaining at least a 2.50 GPA,
  • completing at least a year of study before a first co-op work term, 
  • attending pre-employment workshops and training, and
  • setting learning objectives and reflecting on co-op work terms to further learning.

How does co-op work?

UNBC Co-op students are looking to complete at least three, full-time co-op work terms prior to graduation. Ideally students gain quality work experience by engaging with various employers throughout their co-op journey.

A typical co-op work term is full-time work for four months and terms available model our academic semesters, e.g.,

  • May semester: May - August 
  • September semester: September - December
  • January semester: January - April

There is also the possibility for eight month long co-op work terms (whether they start out as such, or grow into that), and parallel co-op work terms, where students work part-time for eight months while enrolled in a few courses.

Participating in the Co-op program as an employer, normally looks like this:


How do I hire a student?

If you are interested in hiring a student, please contact the UNBC Co-op office to inquire about the hire or have your position posted on the secure UNBC Co-op job board.

Only UNBC Co-op students will have access to the UNBC Co-op job board. However, if you have a position that you would like posted in multiple places, e.g., the secure UNBC Co-op job board and the UNBC Career Centre job postings board, please let us know.


Funding options

Students receiving competitive and fair wages for their co-op work terms is integral to the UNBC Co-op program.

Please stay tuned for a comprehensive guide to funding options that employers can access to ensure they are able to compensate their student(s) accordingly.


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