Co-op students are looking ahead to careers in companies like yours. They're not expecting to simply put in time on the job, but are eager to get involved and make a worthwhile contribution. As an employer you have the opportunity to try out a student's capabilities without obligation or commitment to permanent employment.


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What are the benefits for employers?

Eligible employers may qualify for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit which will reimburse your business 25 to 30 percent of eligible costs, up to $3,000 for each co-operative education work term. You have an opportunity to assess co-operative education employees without any obligation, which turns out to be a low-cost personnel recruitment strategy. 

More information on the tax credit

Hiring a co-op Student

  • Employers interested in hiring a co-op student should contact a Fanshawe College co-operative education consultant to submit a description of the potential position available for approval and posting to the appropriate co-op programs
  • Most co-op placements occur through competition. Eligible students apply for posted positions and are selected for interview by the employer. Job offers are then provided to the co-op consultant who presents the offer to the student
  • Fanshawe College will monitor the student's performance and progress on the job usually through submitted work semester reports and/or on-site visits by the co-operative education consultant
  • The employer conducts an evaluation of the student's work performance prior to the end of the work semester and after discussing the evaluation with the student, it is submitted to the College

Hiring an International Student

There are so many reasons to hire an international student! Here is a list of attributes that we think make our international students a valuable member to any team:

  • Adaptability, perseverance and determination;
  • Proficient in multiple languages;
  • Courage to tackle the unknown;
  • High quality skills in leadership and independence;
  • Fresh perspective in the workplace;
  • Links to global markets;
  • Easier to attract and retain;
  • Cultural diversity shown to improve overall business performance and team dynamics.

After they graduate

You can keep international students on part-time after they finish their work term, as long as they work 20 hours per week or less. International students can work up to 20 hours per week off campus as part of their study permit.

Students may apply for a work visa after graduation for up to three years in length as long as they have completed a program of at least two years in length. If they are successful in obtaining a work visa, you can hire them as you would any other employee.