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How to Hire a Co‑op Student

Follow these steps to secure your co-op student.

Step 1: Plan your co-op opportunity


Identifying co-op roles within your organization

Identify your organizational needs to determine potential co-op roles:

  • Special projects
  • Research
  • Staff relief
  • Daily operations

Consider your desired outcomes for these co-op roles:

  • Increased productivity
  • Short or long-term recruitment
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Expertise

When to recruit

Work Terms are generally four-months (at least 14 weeks in duration) with a minimum of 35 hours per week (or equivalent), and take place during the fall (Sept. – Dec.), winter (Jan. – Apr.) and summer (May – Aug.) semesters. To recruit for these work terms, post your job and begin the hiring process by the beginning of the semester before your intended start date.

For student availability, view the Programs Available section.

Responsibilities during the work term

Review Employer Responsibilities to understand your responsibilities during the work term.

Money matters


As professionals in training, co-op students seek fair and competitive wages. Co-op student wages are set by the employer and vary based on the student skill level and employer resources. For help determining wages, view our co-op discipline information or contact a Co-op Employer Development Team member.


Employers must provide 4% vacation pay or time off in lieu during the student's work term under the terms of a Collective Agreement or the Employment Standards Act. Employers may consider granting other benefits such as training, relocation assistance, travel expenses, housing / accommodations or access to company fitness facilities.

Housing and Relocation Assistance

Students normally bear the cost of housing and relocation, but some employers make their job postings more competitive by offering assistance ranging from subsidized housing to covering travel costs.

Funding and Subsidies

Various funding and subsidy programs are available for co-op employers.

Step 2: Create your job posting

Job Description

Strong job descriptions get more student applications, and balance brevity with detail. We recommend this format:

  1. Company overview: 1-2 lines about the company and a link to your website.
  2. Job title and location
  3. Job description: describe the purpose of the role, who they will report to, and key tasks.
  4. Qualifications desired
    • Types of knowledge (industry, technical, legal, etc.)
    • Experience
    • Specific skills (both technical and non-technical)
    • Professional qualifications
    • Personal attributes
    Note: avoid listing unnecessary / marginal qualities that may exclude those with disabilities
  5. What the student will learn, experience and contribute
  6. Wage and benefits
  7. How to apply and specific documents to include

Submit your job posting

Login or register for myCareer at any time to submit your job posting directly.

Once submitted, our office reviews the job posting to ensure it aligns with the available co-op disciplines. It is then made viewable to students in relevant disciplines.

For assistance with your job posting, contact us at 902-494-4353 or coopjobs@dal.ca

Step 3: Review applications and interview candidates

Reviewing applications

Co-op students typically have three days to apply through myCareer. Once the deadline passes, the applications are emailed directly to you. If an application is incomplete or missing requested documents, you may screen out incomplete applications or contact us to prompt the student submit the missing documents.

Interviewing your Candidates

Once your candidates are selected, contact us to arrange interviews. To schedule interviews, simply tell us your dates, times and the candidate's names and let us do the rest. We will confirm the schedule in advance of your arrival.

You may also send your request via our Interview Request Form.

Student availability varies based on course load and concurrent interviews. Please allow for some flexibility as we aim to find convenient interview times for both employers and students.

Interview locations

On-campus interviews are generally held at our office locations. Limited interview rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may not be "block-booked.” We encourage employers to schedule early to secure a room. We welcome employers to interview on-campus at any time during the term except Exam Week, and recommend employers avoid Study Break (the last full week of February).

Telephone interviews: we accommodate telephone interviews through our office.

Video conferencing / Skype: if you have access to facilities in your organization. Video conferencing costs are not covered by the Co-op Office. Please contact us for details.

Step 4: Rank Applicants / Make a Job Offer

Round 1: Rank & Match

During Round 1, direct job offers are not made to students. Instead, employers participate in Rank and Match:

  1. Employers who posted jobs interview students and rank their interviewees by the deadline.
  2. Students rank employers using myCareer. Any student ranked #1 by an employer is notified; an automatic match is made if they rank that employer #1.
  3. Employer and student rankings are combined to form the matches.

Make Round 1 work for you

To maximize your chances of hiring in Round 1, interview as many students as possible and rank every student you would be willing to employ. If you rank only your #1 candidate(s), your job may go unfilled, as that student likely has multiple offers. Instead, rank all candidates suitable for the job.

Ranking = job offer

  • Only rank candidates that you would hire; ranking a student is considered a job offer. If uninterested in a candidate, do not rank that student.
  • If you are uncertain about the funding of a position, do not submit rankings.
  • Before the match, please do not make job offers, and avoid discussing rankings with students.
  • Almost all candidates remain available until Round 1 ends on Match Day, granting all employers equal access.

Round 2: Recruit in real-time

Round 2 recruiting operates on a first-come, first-serve basis; employers post and interview without specific deadlines. Once employers interview and select their candidate, job offers are made through the Co-op Office at any time.

If you decide not to rank any students, or do not fill your position during Round 1, your job can be posted again during Round 2.

If you have questions about the job competition, please contact your Co-op Employer Team member.

Rehiring a student

If you are rehiring a co-op student for a subsequent work term in the same position, simply make your offer of employment and keep us informed. We can also communicate the offer on your behalf if you provide us with details.