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Information for Employers

Through Co-op, employers have early access to a year-round supply of well-trained and highly motivated temporary employees for special projects, peak periods, or staff leaves. Our students are diverse, mature, enthusiastic and hardworking.  Co-op students are available to work on four or eight-month projects, starting in January, May, and September. 

Some reasons you should consider hiring a Douglas College Co-op student are because:  

  • they will help bring fresh new ideas and energy to you organization 
  • it is an excellent way to evaluated potential employees without a long-term commitment 
  • there is minimal paperwork involved and posting a job is free and easy 
  • our Co-op office is easy to work with and can assist you with arranging interviews


  1. You submit your job posting to Co-op Ed. preferably two- three months before the start of the work term.
  2. Our office will send you résumés and cover letters from qualified students who apply for your position.
  3. We will send the résumés by email on the date you specify.
  4. You select the student(s) you wish to interview, and advise the Co-op Office.
  5. The Co-op Office schedules the interviews, either at your office or on campus.
  6. After your interviews, you select the ideal candidate and advise the Co-op Office providing an official Offer Letter for the student.
  7. The Co-op Office contacts the selected student, and conveys the job offer.
  8. A few weeks into the work term, a Faculty Advisor makes contact to set up a convenient time to meet with you and the student.
  9. The Faculty Advisor is available to assist the student's learning on an ongoing basis.
  10. At the end of the work term, you provide evaluation and feedback to the student and his or her Faculty Advisor.



Hiring a student for a co-op work term? Apply to get a $2,700 grant!

The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program provides almost a 25% subsidy towards a co-op student’s salary.  The program is designed to help employers who are hiring young talent and to introduce students to tech-related careers.

BC businesses benefit from co-op students’ fresh ideas and readiness to learn, while students gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.

Learn more about your eligibility for a BC Tech Co-op Grant.  


Employer Funding Support

Through Student Employment, employers have access to more than 14,000 students and alumni who are skilled, highly motivated and striving to be future leaders of tomorrow.

Email Barb Kojder, Coordinator at Douglas College or call her at 604 527 5890 and visit the Career Centre for more details.

Employer resources