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Hire a Mount student.

We make hiring co-op students easy by providing a personalized approach at every step in the hiring process.

Hiring Mount co-op students is a win-win. We hear from our employers that they value the fresh perspective students bring to the workplace. They recognize that hiring students is an opportunity to mentor and support students in their personal and professional growth.

One employer stated: “We’re so pleased with our co-op student. All employers should capitalize on this wonderful opportunity, not only for their organization, but to also prepare students for the working “real” world.”

If you would like to experience the benefits a co-op student can bring to your organization, hire a co-op student for the spring/summer 2021 term. We have co-op students in the areas of Public Relations, Business Administration and Tourism & Hospitality Management seeking a spring/summer work term (May to August)*. Students in arts, science and public policy are also seeking paid internships from May to August.

*Tourism & Hospitality Management students can work from May to mid-October to align with the tourism season.

About our students:

Co-op students bring unique skills, a fresh perspective and an eagerness to learn and grow. The majority of Public Relations and Business Administration co-op students seeking a spring/summer 2021 work term are second year students seeking their first work term. Tourism & Hospitality Management co-op students complete work terms during the spring/summer term only; students in this program could be completing a first, second or third work term. Arts, science and public policy interns are senior students and have completed three years of study.

When considering hiring a student, keep the following in mind:

  • Students are seeking a learning experience from you, our educational partners, and are bright and eager to learn. This partnership provides you with the opportunity to coach and mentor students to grow their experience and develop their confidence.
  • Students may not have on-the-job experience, but they may have gained the experience you are seeking through volunteer opportunities, extra-curricular activities/hobbies and academic work.
  • The Mount co-op and internship programs are committed to supporting employers to build a diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society including women, Indigenous students, students with disabilities and students from visible minority groups.

Posting a position:

Please login to the Mount co-op portal, Career Connects. Career Connects allows you to submit a job posting, review your application package when the position closes, submit an interview shortlist and rank students following interviews. You can view the Career Connects Employer User Guide for more information.

If you are a returning employer, log into Career Connects using your email address. Forgot your password? No problem, you can find out how to reset your password here.

New employers can create a Career Connects account by following these steps:

1. Go to Career Connects

2. Click on “Login Now”

3. Click on “Employer”

4. Click on “Click Here to Register”

5. Fill in the online registration form

The deadline to submit your position to have it posted on the first day of spring/summer 2021 job postings is Wednesday, January 6. We begin posting positions on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Ongoing job postings start on Thursday, January 14 and we will continue to post positions until all spring/summer 2021 co-op students are secured in work terms. Posting early in the hiring process gives you the opportunity to have your job posting viewed by all available co-op students for spring/summer 2021 and to interview during the first days of interviews.

Note: Co-op work terms must be a minimum of 13 weeks at 35 hours/week.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for the first day spring/summer job postings: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • First day spring/summer jobs are posted for students: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Ongoing job postings begin: Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Deadline to apply for spring/summer 2021 CEI funding program: Friday, January 15, 2021
    (NS Employers only)
  • First round of jobs posted will close: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12 noon
  • First days of interviews: Wednesday, February 3 to Friday, February 5, 2021
    (There will be no interviews the week of February 15 – 19, 2021 for study break; interviews will resume on February 22)
  • First day of job offers for interviews held February 3 – 5, 2021: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Interview and job offer process:

The first round of spring/summer 2021 interviews will take place between Wednesday, February 3 to Friday, February 5.

Students who receive co-op job offer on Friday, February 5 will have until end of business day on Monday, February 8 to respond to offers.

Starting on Monday, February 8 interviews will be arranged on an ongoing basis. At this time, job offers will then be extended to students as soon as they are received by the Co-op Office, and students will have one business day to make a decision on that offer.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and the importance of social distancing, until further notice, all co-op interviews are required to be hosted via telephone or video conferencing.

Funding options for employers in Nova Scotia:

Co-operative Education Incentive

The Nova Scotia government’s Co-operative Education Incentive (CEI) funding program provides private sector, small business and non-profit organizations with 50% reimbursement of a required $15 per hour salary minimum. (The funding reimbursement increases from $7.50 per hour to $9.00 per hour if the student is a member of a designated diversity group.)

The deadline to apply for CEI funding is January 15, 2021. Applications submitted by January 15 will be reviewed and funding announcements will be made by the Province of Nova Scotia via Department of Labour & Advanced Education.

Student Summer Skill Incentive

The Nova Scotia government’s Student Summer Skill Incentive (SKILL) funding program provides not-for-profit organizations registered as a charity or active society with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies a wage subsidy of $9.10 per hour (The funding reimbursement increases to $10.10 per hour if the student is a member of designated diversity group).

The deadline to apply for SKILL funding is January 31, 2021. Applications submitted by January 31 will be reviewed and funding announcements will be made by the Province of Nova Scotia via Department of Labour & Advanced Education.

Other funding programs:

There are a number of additional funding options available for employers through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).


Click on the links below for more information on available funding programs including eligibility, application instructions, deadlines and contact information. More information about SWPP can be found on the CEWIL Canada website.