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- 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 workday 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 worksite evaluation around the mid-point of the work term (virtual, 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.
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 from January to April, May to August, and/or September to December. Our undergraduate students can work 4, 8 or 12 months. Our MACS and PBDEITM Co-op students can work 8 or 4 months (respectively).
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.
Why you should hire our co-op students?
|Undergraduate Co-op Programs (4, 8, 12, 16-month work term options available)|
|Biology Co-op Students||Business Co-op Students|
|Climate & Environment Co-op Students||Computer Science Co-op Students|
|Health Co-op Students||Human Nutrition Co-op Students|
|Mathematics Co-op Students|
|Graduate Co-op Programs (4, 8-month work term options, summer, fall available)|
|Masters of Applied Computer Science Co-op Students|
|Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Programs (4-month work experience, summer only)|
|Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Enterprise IT Management Co-op Students|
Employer Handbook (Revised June 2021)
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 email@example.com