Why co-op?

We see you as our partners in enhancing our students' educational experience. Our program is flexible, allowing you to hire a co-op student for a short (4 months) or longer-term placement (8, 12 or 16 months) to suit your business needs. 

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.

DiverseStudents come from all 8 of our undergraduate programs including ChemicalCivilComputerElectricalEnvironmentalGeologicalPhysics and Mechanical Engineering.

Educated: Students have met specific criteria for admission into our program and many have excelled academically.1

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.

Program Requirements

Work placements begin in January, May or September.

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). 

It is recommended 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.

Work placements must be focused on the development and application of engineering skills. Labour and administrative positions do not qualify.

Recruitment Process

To recruit through our program, co-op job postings should be submitted online through CareerLink (under the Engineering Co-op Internship Program tab). This is our exclusive job posting board; only students who have been approved by the College of Engineering to participate in the Co-op Internship Program have access to these postings.

On-campus interviewing will not be available during the fall 2020 term. We encourage you to conduct your interviews over the phone or through online platforms.

Should you require assistance in coordinating interviews, please contact our program staff by email at engineering.coop@usask.ca. We would be more than happy to assist you!

Our Co-op Internship Program uses a rank/offer system during two closed rounds of recruitment. Following the closed rounds of recruitment, we operate an open round of recruitment that more closely resembles typical hiring processes. 

To hire a co-op student during our closed rounds of recruitment, offers of employment must be submitted online through CareerLink. We ask that offers not be made directly to students during these closed rounds of recruitment.

How Rank and Offer Works: The ranking form lists students to whom you would like to issue an offer, in order of preference. The College of Engineering will issue the offer to the first ranked candidate on your behalf. If that candidate declines or is no longer available, an offer will be send to subsequent candidates until the position is filled or your ranking list has been exhausted. It is important that you only rank candidates to whom you are prepared to make an offer.

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.


Some employers may be eligible to secure funding and/or grants when hiring an intern. Please refer to the following websites for details:

2019 Professional Internship Program Statistics

139 students placed across Canada

57% of placements were for 16 months

66% of the placements were in Saskatchewan

Average salary in Saskatchewan: $3,937 per month

Average salary in Alberta: $4,837 per month

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:


1 To maintain eligibility to participate in the Co-op Internship Program, students must be registered in the College of Engineering, have completed at least their second year of studies prior to a first work placement, and have maintained a sessional average of 65% in the most recent session.