Why UBC Applied Science Co-op?

Hiring Benefit

Equipped with technical skills, enthusiasm and a ready-to-work attitude, UBC Applied Science Co-op students make noticeable contributions to companies in a variety of industries.

  • Receive a recruitment edge in an increasingly tight labour market—co-op students will often convert to full time employees upon graduation saving the company time and recruitment costs down the road
  • Develop leaders within your organization—co-op students are an excellent way to provide growth and professional development to your existing team members looking to manage staff
  • Obtain fresh perspective—co-op students, often armed with additional extracurricular activities and work experiences, will bring unique perspectives to the team

Your Role

As a co-op employer, your responsibilities and expectations are the same as they would be for any temporary employee. But you’re not in it alone. Our Co-op Career Advisors will work with you to monitor and evaluate students’ progress every step of the way. Please feel free to review our Supervisor Guidelines on what to expect during the co-op student’s time with you. Your responsibilities include the following:

Even the most qualified students required mentoring and direction. The assignment or project and your personal supervisory style will dictate the appropriate level


To ensure both you and our students are getting the most of the co-op education experience, our Co-op Career Advisors will set up an onsite evaluation or phone conference with you for feedback during each four-month co-op work term


You will be asked to complete an evaluation of the student’s performance nearing the completion of the work term and discuss the results with the student. Your evaluation will act at 50% of the student’s grade for the work term