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Hire a Co-op Student

Why choose the University of Guelph?

The University of Guelph has been delivering quality co-operative education programs for over 40 years!

  • During this time, our program offerings have grown to over 60, ranging from the Arts, Commerce, Computing, Agriculture, Sciences and Engineering.
  • For many employers, co-op provides short and long-term recruitment solutions. Students can rotate into established co-op positions within an organization or fill short-term contract needs.
  • Co-op students have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, completing special projects and balancing daily responsibilities.
4th Largest
Co-op University in Ontario
5,000+ Co-op Students
Across 67 Programs
49,000+ Job Applications
Received Each Year
41 Years
Delivering Experiential Learning
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What Makes the U of G Co-op Program Unique

  • Student availability for four or eight months, program specific, with Environmental Management, Equine Management, Food Industry Management, Food Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Plant Science, Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice, and One Health offering candidates for twelve month terms.

  • Students complete nearly half of their undergraduate degree program prior to their first work term.

  • Employment services team available to assist employers with job postings, interview scheduling details and job offers.

  • Efficient, streamlined hiring process, which features a standard two business day job posting period, and the ability to extend job offers to the preferred candidate(s) immediately following the interview.  Students respond to offers within two business days. No waiting or fees. Post, interview, HIRE!

  • Work terms which include student goal setting, work term check-ins from co-op coordinators, work term report submissions to faculty members, and a final performance evaluation. Work term report and performance grades are recorded on students’ official transcripts.

  • COOP*1100, a mandatory one semester course that prepares co-op students for their job search and work terms. 



Co-op Hiring Incentives

Government funding and subsidy programs can help you secure the best recruits for your organization.

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Co-op Recruitment Timelines

With year-round recruitment periods, you are welcome to post, interview and hire according to your timeline.

Explore Recruitment Timelines



Co-op Employer Responsibilities

At certain points, students will check in with the direct supervisor to review or request information.

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Co-op Salary Guide

These ranges change yearly in response to economic conditions.

View Salary Guide

Are you a current employer of a U of G co-op student?

You may find the following Co-op Work Term forms helpful:


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