Co-operative education provides a three-way partnership between employer, student and the college. Students are available at various times throughout the year to integrate their knowledge and skills into your workplace with feedback provided by Camosun faculty. If you are interested in hiring a student from the available programs, please post a co-op position or contact us if you would like to learn more.
Focused job applicants
Co-op students require a shorter training period and quickly become productive employees. The co-op process ensures applicants who have relevant academic training and a career focus.
Funding for intern and co-op salaries
There are various programs supporting employers hiring students for workterms. Learn more
The co-op office will post your positions to qualified applicants; deliver resumés to you in a timely manner; and arrange interviews to suit your needs, significantly reducing the cost of recruiting employees.
Co-op students are highly motivated and committed. They are active learners, able to quickly progress through the training period to contribute productively to your organization.
Evaluate future employees
The co-op work term can be used to evaluate a student as a potential permanent employee without making a long-term commitment.
Committed short term employees
Co-op students quickly become knowledgeable and effective, allowing them to fill in during staff leaves and peak work periods. Short-term projects requiring special skills can often be undertaken by co-op students.
Developing your human resource potential
By being released from the day-to-day tasks that are excellent training situations for students, your permanent employees can be challenged on projects designed to utilize their talents more fully.
Responsive to the needs of our community partners
Through Co-operative Education, industry has the opportunity to shape the development and renewal of programs by providing a vehicle for continuous feedback to the College.
Co-op Success Story Melissa Thimot and Grant Thornton
A Winning Combination
Best Workplaces 2014, Best Workplaces 2013, Best Workplaces 2012… For the past six years Grant Thornton has been selected as one of the top places to work in Canada. A leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm, Grant Thornton provides audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations across Canada.
Melissa Thimot, a Camosun Business Accounting co-op student had the opportunity to work in the Small Business unit of their Edmonton office and used technical skills acquired at Camosun to prepare financial statements and tax returns for clients. A strong supporter of the co-op program and Grant Thornton, Melissa quickly saw the cost-benefit of co-op, "the cost of extending my degree was outweighed by the benefit of the experience".
Jenny Pon, Principal – Independent Business Group, at the Edmonton office, likes the opportunity the co-op program gives to try out students as potential long-term employees. She can tell after the first work term if there is compatibility and can set up a second work term before the student returns to school. As Jenny explained, this allows Grant Thornton to, "build our growth as a team" and is one of the reasons why it is voted a best workplace not just once, but six times in a row.