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Co-operative Education and Career Services

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 FAQs for Co-op and Career Services

Last updated July 2020


At this time all Career Lab offices are open to support students and employers; however, we are restricting public access to our offices on both campuses. Camosun staff moved to alternate remote work arrangements starting March 19, 2020 and will continue to work remotely for the Fall 2020 semester.

The decision to move to remote delivery of services to students and employers was made in order to maximize social distancing, and to protect the health and safety of our community. We thank you for your patience in advance as we all determine how this remote work may impact our activities with you.

Below you will find a series of Frequently Asked Questions along with the most current answers we have available at the time. Given the fluidity of this crisis, we will update this webpage as the situation develops.

For college-wide resources on COVID-19, please visit camosun.ca/covid19.

Students

If you have completed your CDEV-WPS and COOP-WEP course, then yes! Please follow our Co-op Step by Step more info on how to get the process started.


We are still receiving postings from employers, students are still interviewing and still being hired. Students are also having success self-developing work-terms with employers. Contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator for more information.


Interviews continue to primarily be through video conferencing (Zoom, Skype etc.), however as businesses and offices re-open more are being scheduled in-person. Your Co-op program will confirm the type and location of the interview that you’ve been invited to attend. They will also advise you of the in-person safety protocols required to attend an in-person interview.

If you have any concerns with attending an in-person interview, please contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator for updates.  If the employer has set up the interview directly, follow up with the employer and loop in your co-op coordinator. Interviews will be held virtually via video conferencing or other remote forms.


Many co-op work terms are being completed remotely, while some organizations remain open and physical distancing measures have been put in place. Discuss your situation with your potential employer as well as your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator.


Yes! Both CDEV-WPS and COOP-WEP courses have been transitioned to fully online delivery. If you have specific questions please contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator.


Yes! You can book appointments through our Co-op and Career Portal. The appointments will be conducted virtually through a method that best suits you.

If you have any questions please contact educationthatworks@camosun.ca.


Co-op work-terms are normally 12 weeks of full-time, paid work totalling 420 hours in length, however during these difficult times we are flexible around this length and these requirements, and can discuss options on a case by case basis.

With regard to Internships, we recommend these work-terms total 300 hours, but are also flexible and can discuss options on a case by case basis.

If you have specific questions, please contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator.


Please immediately contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator to discuss options. They can speak with your employer to discuss remote working options. If that’s not possible there is flexibility on how many hours of a work-term students have to complete to still be eligible to receive a co-op or internship designation.


If you are an international student, you may continue to complete co-op work terms in Canada and may also complete work terms in your home country. Follow the instructions of your local authorities and health officials. Keep informed of Government of Canada travel advisories.

If you are returning to Camosun from a work-term in your home please email Camosun International as soon as possible. They can work with you on your Quarantine Plan, BC Self-Isolation Plan and ensure you have medical insurance coverage. Additionally Camosun College can issue letters of support to international students planning to travel to Canada.

If you have further questions please email international_advisors@camosun.ca


Employers

Yes! Despite industry and community disruptions we are continuing to work together to place our high-quality students in work terms for the Fall term. We remain committed to finding co-op opportunities that are mutually beneficial to you and our students.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased flexibility around start and end dates.

If you have questions, please contact one of our Employment Facilitators, Co-op & Internship Coordinators, or our Business Development Specialist, Jenn Armour armourj@camosun.ca.


A variety of funding options are still available to employers who hire co-op or internship students. Read more about employer funding options.

If you have questions, please contact one of our Employment Facilitators, Co-op & Internship Coordinators, or our Business Development Specialist, Jenn Armour armourj@camosun.ca.


CEWIL Canada has put together some helpful resources for employers and students, including:

  • Tips for working at home (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for onboarding students remotely (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for supervising students remotely (PDFor JPG)
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