Why Co-op?

We see you as our partners in enhancing our students' educational experience. Our program is flexible, with students available for short (4 months) or longer-term work placements (8, 12 or 16 months).

There are many reasons why you might want to hire a co-op student. Some of the benefits of having a co-op student in your workplace include:

A fresh, new perspective in your workplace

Build your talent pipeline through a trial period that may turn into future employment and the ability to bring a student back for more than one work placement term

Provide assistance with specific projects

May assist in branding your organization on campus when they return to their studies

Our Students

Committed: Students commit to completing their work placement in its entirety. Our students are eager to apply their knowledge in a professional environment.

Educated: Students have met specific criteria for admission into our program and many have excelled academically.

Prepared: To ensure their success, students complete a co-operative education and internship preparation course and must attend a mandatory pre-departure session prior to leaving on their work placement.

DiverseStudents come from all 8 of our undergraduate programs including Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Engineering Physics and Mechanical. The chart below shows the number of students admitted to our program by discipline and ready for work placements in 2021 (249 in total).

Work Placement Requirements

Start Dates

  • Work placements begin in January, May or September

Term Length

  • Work placements may be 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in duration
  •  Please note that 4 month placements are only available during the spring/summer months (May-August). 


  • We recommend that co-op students be supervised by or receive in-depth mentorship from a licensed Professional Engineer when possible 
  • Co-op staff will conduct a site visit with the co-op student and their supervisor once during the work term placement
  • Supervisors will be required to complete an interim and final evaluation of the co-op student's performance

Co-op Student Skill Development 

  • Work placements must be focused on the development and application of engineering skills; labour and administrative positions do not qualify

Recruitment Process

1. Post a Job

We recommend recruiting students by posting on our exclusive job board in CareerLink. Only students who have been admitted to our program have access to these postings.

2. Interview

You are welcome to contact students directly to schedule interviews or our program staff can provide assistance with the scheduling process. For assistance, please email engineering.coop@usask.ca.

3. Extend a Job Offer

We are currently operating in an open round of recruitment. Therefore, offers can be sent directly to students (please cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca). Our next closed round of recruitment will begin in the fall for January 2022 placements.

Recruitment Timelines

Students are available for 8, 12 and 16 month work placements beginning in January.

Job postings submitted through CareerLink Beginning August 17, 2020
Job postings live for students Beginning September 14, 2020
Interviews Beginning October 1, 2020
Rankings submitted through CareerLink by October 16, 2020 at 12:00pm CST
Offers sent to students October 19, 2020
Companies notified of acceptances October 19-23, 2020

Please note that there are limited number of students available for January placements.

If you require a student for a January 2021 start following conclusion of our recruitment timelines outlined above, please connect with our program staff as there may still be students available.

Students are available for 4, 8, 12 and 16 month work placements beginning in May.

Students are available for 8, 12 and 16 month work placements beginning in September.

Job postings submitted through CareerLink Beginning December 1, 2020
Job postings live for students Beginning December 14, 2020
Interviews Beginning January 14, 2021
Rankings submitted through CareerLink by January 29, 2021 at 12:00pm CST
Offers sent to students February 1, 2021
Companies notified of acceptances February 1-5, 2021


Our open round of recruitment runs from February 8-July 30, 2021. During this round of recruitment, there are no set timelines for job postings, interviews and offers.

We do not operate a rank and offer process during this round. Should you wish to make an offer to a student in the open round, please cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca to ensure our program staff can formalize the student's placement through our program.

Please note that there are limited numbers of students available during this round.

2020 Program Statistics

Curious what our program looks like in terms of statistics? Here are the numbers from our 2020 Professional Internship Program. Our new Engineering Co-op Internship Program will look similar except that we now offer a 4-month placement for our May start.

133 students placed across Canada

62% of placements were for 16 months

77% of the placements were in Saskatchewan

Average monthly intern salary: $4,131 per month




Some employers may be eligible to secure funding and/or grants when hiring co-op students. Please refer to the following websites for details:

  • Magnet Student Work Placement Program (for all employers)

  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) Empowering Futures Student Work Placement Program (for employers whose primary activity is the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity)

  • Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) Work Integrity Learning Digital Subsidy (for employers in fintech, entertainment and gaming, cyber security, etc.)

  • BioTalent Canada Student Work Placement Program (for employers with a focus on biotechnology, bioenergy, biohealth, etc.)

  • Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada Student Work Placement Program (for employers in the environmental sector or completing environmental projects)

  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) Gearing Up (for employers in the mining industry)

  • TECHNATION’s Career Ready Program (for employers immersing a student in the use of technology; both tech and non-tech organizations are encouraged to apply)

  • Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) Student Work Placement Program (for employers in the aerospace industry)

  • Venture for Canada (supporting new venture employers; startups and small business)

If you are looking to recruit students from other colleges and schools on our campus, the Student Employment and Career Centre can provide assistance.  Their employer services include career fairs, information sessions and networking opportunities. 

For additional information on the Co-op Internship Program or general recruitment of engineering students, please contact our program staff.