Information for Employers

The Faculty of Computer Science's Co-operative Education program offers two programs:  The Co-op Program and the Professional Experience Program (PEP).  The Co-op Program, established in 1981, consists of 4 to 6 four-month work placements alternating with study terms.  In 1999, the Faculty of Computer Science began placing students in 12 or 16 month internships (also called the PEP Program) between their 3rd and 4th year of study.  Each term qualified candidates are available for 4,8,12 or 16 month work terms.  Students are available year round, with work terms beginning in January, May or September.

Students enrolled in the following degree programs are eligible to participate in the Co-op and PEP Programs:

  1. Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS)
  2. Concurrent Programs: BCS/BSC and BCS/BA
  3. Bachelor of Information Systems (BISys)
  4. Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BSSWE)
  5. Masters of Computer Science  (MCS students only participate in the Co-op Program)

What are the advantages of Co-op for employers?

  • Students at various skill levels are available year-round.
  • Co-op students may release regular employees for higher level tasks.
  • Co-op students often accept full-time employment with the Co-op employer.
  • The employer has an opportunity to assess prospective employees.
  • There are lower labour costs for Co-op students than for full-time employees.
  • The Program provides a valuable link between the needs of the industry and the resources of the university.

How do I select Co-op and PEP student employees

The process to hire a student begins 3 months before their scheduled work term.  The Coordinator for the Co-op Program will assist in matching students with employers in a fair and equitable manner. The sequence of events leading to the filling of a position is:

  1. Develop a job description
  2. Create an account in the online co-op system and submit job postings.
  3. Review Student Applications in co-op system
  4. Select applicants for interview using co-op system
  5. Schedule interviews with Co-op Assistant
  6. Rank candidates in order of preference using the co-op system
  7. Co-op staff places students in jobs according to rankings and other program criteria
  8. Co-op staff confirm match with each employer who fax/email offer letter to co-op office
  9. Student accepts offer
  10. "Second round" interviews are used to quickly place any remaining unplaced students in jobs.

What are the employer's responsibilities

These are normal reasonable requirements which one might expect. Employers will observe normal legal hiring practices. In a few instances students may need assistance in locating accommodations. Employers are expected to provide a suitable introduction to the work environment for the student and to offer appropriate on-the-job supervision throughout the term. Supervisors are asked to initial Students' professional log sheets at the end of their work term. A copy of the student evaluation is to be given to the student by the employer and is discussed at an exit interview.