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.

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 students who have just finished their second year of studycan only do a 4-month placement from May to August. They must return to their third year of study before going out again on a longer term placement. 

Supervision 

  • 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
  • Work placements must be full-time hours and paid; part-time positions do not qualify.

Recruitment Process

If you have not previously posted or hired through our USask CareerLink system, then you will need to register an employer profile in CareerLink.

Post your co-op job on our exclusive Engineering Co-op Internship Program job board in CareerLink. Only students who have been admitted to our program have access to this exclusive job board.

Choose and interview your candidates. You are welcome to contact students directly to schedule interviews or our program staff can provide assistance with the scheduling process.

Hire a USask engineering student! Please extend the offer directly to students and cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca.

Please ensure that our co-op office has been made aware of your co-op student hire. Our Engineering Co-op Internship Program is a comprehensive work-integrated learning program in which students maintain full-time student status and received credit.

Recruitment Timelines

Recommended timelines are listed below; however, program staff can work with individual employers to set up timelines that suit their recruitment needs.

  • Post approximately 4-months prior to the start date of the work
  • Post for two weeks
  • Screen candidates for one week
  • Interview for one week
  • Select candidates and make an offer directly to the student (cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca). Feel free to contact our co-op office to confirm student availability/eligibiligy.

Students can be hired at any time throughout the year; however, we recommend following one of our recruitment rounds as this is when our students are more actively searching, applying and accepting co-op positions.

  • Job postings begin: September 6, 2022
  • Interviews begin: September 27, 2022
  • Offers of employment are made directly to the student and cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca
  • Job postings begin: January 3, 2023
  • Interviews begin: January 24, 2023
  • Offers of employement are made directly to the student and cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca
  • Job postings begin: May 2, 2023
  • Interviews begin: May 23, 2023
  • Offers of employment are made directly to the student and cc' engineering.coop@usask.ca

2022 Program Statistics

158 students placed across Canada from all eight program areas so far

17 students began in January, 137 in May, and we are still placing for September

$25.50/hr average salary, ranging from $16 to $36 depending on industry and student's year of study

Under-represented groups in our program: 22% women, 9% international, and 5% indigenous

An additional 236 students joined our program this spring and will be ready for placements next year

 

Resources

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)

  • Food Processing Skills Canada (FPSC) Student Work Placement Program (for employers in the food and beverage manufacturing industry)

  • 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, USask Career Services 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.