Frequently Asked Questions About Co-op

Is there a cost to recruit Mohawk co-op students?

Aside from the wages paid to co-op students during the work terms, there is no additional cost to recruiting a Mohawk College co-op student. We are here to help you facilitate the hiring process- we will post your co-op positions for free, send you the resumes, and assist you with setting up interviews.

Are co-op students paid?

Yes, co-op students work full time for employers for up to one year so the expectation is that the co-op position will be a paid position. Please refer to the co-op overview for each program for pay ranges.

Are there any employer incentives for hiring a co-op student?

Incentives are available based on specific criteria. Visit the Hiring Incentives for Employer page to learn more.

Are co-op students available for full-time or part-time work?

When a student is out on a co-op term, they are available for full-time work. Students must complete a minimum of 420 hours in a four-month work term to qualify for a co-op credit.

How can I grow my employer presence/brand awareness on campus?

Employers are encouraged to engage with students on campus or virtually through events such as Lunch and Learn Sessions, Career Fairs, or Virtual Career Information Sessions. For more information, please contact success [at] (subject: Student%20and%20Graduate%20Employment%20Inquiry) (Student and Graduate Employment).

Can we hire a student immediately after co-op?

Yes, many employer partners hire our co-op students for full-time permanent employment after graduation. However, co-op students must complete a final term of academic studies after their co-op work term before they are eligible to graduate.

What is the difference between a co-op and a placement?

Both co-ops and placements are forms of work-integrated learning. A co-op is typically a longer, more robust form of work experience that is full-time, paid employment of 4, 8 or 12 months.

Mohawk College offers many placement opportunities that are generally shorter experiences. For additional information please visit Student Placements.