Employers

Recruit. Hire. Retain.

Our program allows employers to recruit Premier Undergraduate students for 4, 8, 12 or 16 months from 7 different degree programs. We provide a flexible hiring model that helps infuse fresh talent and a bright innovative perspective into corporations, government departments and non-for-profits without recruitment deadlines or ranking. The role of the supervisor as mentor and coach influences the student’s transition from a theoretical approach to education to an application based model.
 
Current and past employers have enjoyed the flexible co-op model. Our students are confident and dynamic individuals with a passion for success. Organizations which choose to become StFX employers experience first-hand the many benefits of hiring one of our talented and professional students.
 

Employer Requirements

  • Provide safe working conditions, supervision, training, and evaluation for your co-op student
  • Provide an orientation and staff introductions
  • Assume responsibility for the co-op student, as you would for any other full-time employee
  • Ensure the student is engaged in relevant and meaningful work
  • Designate one main supervisor for the co-op student who will oversee the student's work day and be able to provide guidance and feedback 
  • Communicate with the StFX Co-op Office if an issue does arise during the work term
  • Participate in a work site evaluation around the mid-point of the work term (Skype, telephone, or in-person). Typically takes 30-45 minutes.
  • Complete a final work term student performance evaluation with the student.  

 

Work Term Components

While on a work term, Co-op students complete the following assignments.

  • Learning Objectives: Outline what the student would like to learn and/or accomplishment during the work term. Learning Objectives are typically discussed with the student's supervisor. The Co-op student submits their learning objectives to the Co-op Office. Students are also encouraged to include a brief organizational chart that outlines where their co-op position fits within the organization.
  • Work Site Evaluation: At the mid-point of the work term, the Co-op Coordinator will conduct a "check-in" to see how the work term is progressing. The Co-op Coordinator will speak with the student and supervisor separately.  The evaluation provides the opportunity for the Co-op Coordinator an opportunity to learn more about the student's work and to learn more about the employer.
  • Student Performance Evaluation: This occurs at the end of the work term and is a final evaluation for the student. Through conversation, the student and supervisor will review the student's performance during the work experience. 
  • Reflective Essay and Portfolio Component:  The Co-op student will submit a final essay to the Co-op office that outlines learning during the work term. The Portfolio component is an assignment that the student will use in their portfolio.

Job Requirements

A co-op work term is a minimum of 13-16 weeks of full time (35 to 40 hrs per week) of paid employment that is relevant to the student's degree. StFX Co-op students complete 3-4 work terms. Work terms can run January to April, May to August, and/or September to December.  Students can work 4, 8 or 12 months.

In addition, the job description must be reviewed and approved by the Co-op Education office.  To be approved, the Co-op Office is looking for meaningful and relevant duties that provide the student with learning opportunities. Once the opportunity has been approved, the employer has accepted that they will monitor and evaluate the student's performance and maintain communication with the Co-op office. Finally, the Co-op office will also monitor and evaluate the work term. 

 Send us a co-op job to post! (Email: co-op@stfx.ca)

Why you should hire our co-op students?

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Computer Science Co-op Students Entrepreneurship Co-op Students
Health Co-op Students Finance Co-op Students
Human Nutrition Co-op Students Enterprise Systems Co-op Students
Mathematics Co-op Students Management & Leadership Co-op Students
  Marketing Co-op Students

Employer Handbook  (Revised  June 28 2019)

As part of your hiring process, employers are strongly encouraged to confirm that the student they hire for their co-op position is a co-op student. Contact the co-op office before providing the student with a letter of offer. Additionally, students can provide an employer with a confirmation of enrollment letter from the StFX Registrar's Office. This letter will indicate if the student is a co-op or non-co-op student. 

Degree Program Information

If you are interested in learning more about our academic programs, please visit our Academic Calendar  (PDF) for course descriptions. 

 

Disclaimer: Employers are encouraged to submit the co-op opportunities early to access a larger applicant base. The StFX Co-operative Education Program does not guarantee employer-student matches. We do not release student demographic information. We do not guarantee student availability. Ethical recruitment practices are expected and followed.

 

If you are interested in hiring StFX students for summer or new graduate opportunities, contact the StFX Student Career Centre at scc@stfx.ca