We know you wouldn’t just hire anyone. UBC Okanagan Co-op connects employers with skilled and driven students as an affordable solution for your organization.

Meet your human resource needs and recruit with confidence. Our students bring energy, new ideas and innovation.


Flexible: Hire for 4, 8 or 12 months at time, starting in January, May/June, or September of any given year.
Cost-effective: Experiences are paid at an appropriate salary to the industry and level of responsibility.
Top Talent: Students are pre-screened and receive UBC Co-op job readiness support and learning.
Hiring Incentives: Grants can subsidize the cost of training and integrating students into positions.

Co-op Program Community Partner COVID-19 Updates


Students are available for Co-op work terms both in-person, and remotely.   

For employers hiring students for in-person work during this time, note that it is the employer’s overall responsibility to follow guidelines set by the Government and public health authorities to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. For further details on requested safety procedures, view this document.  

For employers hiring students in remote worksix tipsheets for workplaces have been created covering how to #GetWILPowered by engaging a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) student, recruiting and onboarding remotely, managing WIL students remotely, and bringing WIL students into the workplace. As well, there are two tipsheets to share with WIL students you bring into your organization: tips for working remotely and tips for getting work done. View this special toolkit here 

Further FAQs regarding COVID-19 impacts can be seen here, or questions directed to coop.ok@ubc.ca  

Employers partnering with UBC Okanagan Co-op access top talent to fill short-term requirements while meeting future recruitment needs. Whether it is a project sitting on the edge of your desk that you’ve been meaning to start, or the opportunity to fill a short-term hire, a Co-op student can provide you with the opportunity to lighten your work load and test drive a new-employee with little risk.

We offer a diverse talent pool, with applicants concentrating their studies in a variety of areas including arts, human kinetics, management, media studies, and sciences.

Our partners report the best feature of Co-op is the quality of applicants. The UBC Okanagan Co-op is a competitive program, and all applicants are pre-screened and provided training to prepare them for employment.

We are flexible to organizational needs with students available to start in January, May, or September of each year for four, eight, or twelve-month periods. Organizations of any size can benefit from co-op, and employers are often eligible to apply for hiring grants—making the return on investment even greater.

Here are a few helpful tips and important things to consider as you explore integrating Co-op students within your organization.

The UBC Okanagan Co-op Office provides a personal and customized support for community partners looking to simplify the recruitment process. Simply send us your company profile, applicable job description, and an outline of required skills for the successful candidate, we will post the opportunity to our job board exclusively for Co-op students.

Not quite sure on the details for your posting? Our team is happy to consult with you to ensure our students have the skills you’re after, and can help you craft a job description to help attract suitable candidates for consideration.

We’ll email you a package of applications for your position, once you’ve shortlisted candidates we’ll coordinate your interview schedule with the students you’ve selected. And once you have selected the candidate(s), we’ll assist with making the offer.

From opportunities in technical lab settings and clinical environments, to creative writing and administration positions, we work with a range of students and employers to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace. Our program features a diverse talent pool, with applicants concentrating their studies in a variety of degree programs including:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics
  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Sciences

Search for all the UBC Okanagan program offerings here. (For those seeking engineering students, please connect with the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program for details and applications.)

More Details

To qualify as Co-op, the position must provide the following. We are happy to work with you directly to help assess a particular opportunity.

Supervision: The Co-op supervisor helps provide regular support, and constructive feedback helping the student grow professionally, and helping to ensure input to the organization is successful.

Relevance to student’s academic program: The nature of the work should be aligned with the student’s academic pursuits and/or provide an opportunity to further develop professional skills and experience that will advance career development.

Paid: Co-op work experiences are paid, at an appropriate salary for the industry and level of responsibility.

Length: A minimum of 420 hours in length (or 12 weeks at 35 hours a week).

Adheres to employment standards: Co-op students are hired as employees of your organization. All employers operating within BC must adhere to the BC Employment Standards Act. UBC Okanagan Co-op reserves the right to deny participation to any employer contravening this Act. Employers located outside BC must adhere to their regional and federal employment laws.

The UBC academic year provides the flexibility for you to hire for 4, 8 or 12 months at a time. You are welcome to use the Co-op Office services for term positions as little or often as you like. Co-op students work year-round and are available to begin work terms starting in January, May and September each year.

Employers can begin recruiting at any time, and are encouraged to begin the process early to access the larger pool of student candidates available. We recommend the following:

Post job during To hire for
January – April May
May – August September
September – December January

International Student Co-op Hiring Grant

In support of intercultural learning and development for our students and community, UBC’s Okanagan campus is pleased to offer a grant program to support Co-op employers seeking to grow in diversity and who value the intercultural development of their organization. This grant program is intended to support international students in gaining meaningful employment in a Canadian context related to their field of study.

The International Student Co-op Hiring Grant provides incentives to qualifying employers to subsidize the cost of hiring, training and integrating UBC Okanagan International Co-op students into relevant Co-op positions. Successful applicants receive 50% of the students’ wage over the 4-month term, up to a maximum of $5,000. This grant is reimbursed at the completion of the work term. Funding is competitive and applicants are encouraged to apply early

Getting started:

Other Funding Resources for Co-op Employers

You may be eligible for other funding resources, check here for more information: www.co-op.bc.ca/funding

Click here to watch UBC’s latest webinar on current grant funding and initiatives.

1. Post your job

Simply email your job description to the Co-op Office, and we’ll do the posting in the UBC job board for all eligible Co-op students. Also, find out if you are eligible for hiring incentives or grants.

2. Review applications

Once the posting closes, we will send you all the applications. You can review the package and then contact the Co-op Office with:

  • Names of shortlisted candidates
  • Preferred interview dates and times
  • Interview location
  • Interviewer(s) name

We will schedule your shortlisted students for interviews and confirm by email. On campus interview space is available if needed.

3. Hire a student

Once interviewing is complete, notify the Co-op Office which applicant(s) you would like to hire. We will inform the applicant(s) of your decision.

Our co-op student has really benefited our business. She’s very knowledgeable and great with people. We’ve had the opportunity to learn how effective our training programs are.

–Lise Dallien Macmillan, Orthoquest
Pedorthics and Rehabilitation



Other Questions

Yes. The job will need to be approved by the Co-op Coordinator and must satisfy the basic requirements, which includes the ability to provide meaningful learning opportunities and whether the position is paid, full-time work. We will also verify that the student is a current UBC Okanagan Co-op student.

Much like regular recruitment methods, Co-op is a competitive program; this means employers are able to select the best applicants for their positions, and successful students can choose the position best suited for them.

No, the Co-op Office assists international students in applying for a work permit at the start of a student’s job search process, so permits are already in place by the beginning of their work terms. International students are not eligible to apply for federal government postings or positions that require government funding; however, there are grants available that support hiring of international students.

Yes! The Co-op Office encourages employers to use the program for longer-term recruitment purposes.