Apply your classroom skills in the workplace and bring your workplace skills back to the classroom! A Co-op or Internship work term is a great opportunity to gain work experience in your field while enrolled in your academic program.
Research shows that students who participate in co-operative education will:
- find work sooner after graduation than their peers, and
- earn more than their non-co-operative education classmates
Get ready for your Co-op or Internship work term
Follow our step-by-step guide to prepare yourself for a successful work experience.
- What is Co-op?
- Plan your work term
- Qualify and register
- Secure a placement
- During your work term
Co-op Success Story Jason Low and Shelby Watson at the Inn at Laurel Point
Extra hands on deck!
With tourism season around the corner, Inn at Laurel Point counts on the fresh ideas and additional staffing resources that co-op students provide at this time of year.
“Inn at Laurel Point values its strong partnership with Camosun’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program. We find students are motivated to learn and committed to build on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they acquired in college,” says Ann Reeves, the Inn’s Assistant Human Resources Manager. “It’s evident that their Co-op placement is not just a job to pay the bills; it is truly a stepping stone to growing a successful management career. In addition to fulfilling the duties of an important seasonal position, eager students have also assisted in completing special projects in order to enhance their learning experience and to contribute to the success of our team. We are proud that numerous program graduates have accomplished impressive growth in their careers since their co-op placement, now holding management positions as Revenue Manager, Event Manager, Assistant Director of Rooms, Guest Services Manager, and Restaurant Supervisor. It’s clear that there is tremendous value in having such engaged and dedicated employees”.
In the last decade, Inn at Laurel Point has provided more than 40 Camosun Co-op students with meaningful employment and valuable work experience.
Jason Low, now Assistant Rooms Division Manager, and Shelby Watson, Guest Services Manager, are graduates of Camosun’s Hospitality Management program. “Alternating co-op work terms with academic studies benefits both students and the employers,” says David Armstrong, Program Leader and the Co-op Internship Coordinator. “Students make industry connections while building on previous job experiences. The employer gets trained, enthusiastic and reliable workers ready to help in a variety of roles across the broad spectrum of the hospitality industry.”
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