What can a co-op student do?
Mount co-op students bring a diverse skill set based in foundational courses appropriate to their co-op term.
Sample duties for public relations students may include:
- Developing and implementing strategic communication plans
- Researching and writing (e.g. news releases, editorials, speeches and newsletters)
- Completing media monitoring and preparing media analysis reports
- Creating effective communication tools using a variety of multi-media techniques
- Planning and coordinating special events, conferences and meetings
- Creating content and managing social media platforms
Sample duties for business administration students may include:
- Planning and coordinating special events
- Preparing tax returns
- Completing administrative duties
- Assisting with recruitment of employees and payroll processes
- Preparing marketing plans and assisting with social media
- Promoting products and building relationships with clients
Sample duties for tourism & hospitality management students may include:
- Answering guest inquiries regarding hotel services and tourist attractions
- Establishing a personal rapport with guests in order to learn about and anticipate their needs
- Completing food and beverage services
- Assisting with itinerary development (e.g. writing itineraries, booking properties, scheduling attractions and arranging car rentals)
- Booking appointments, answering telephones and responding to email requests
- Arranging and conducting tours
Do I have to pay a co-op student?
Yes. All co-op terms are paid, full-time employment with a minimum of 35 hours per week. Visit the co-op salary guidelines to learn about average salaries.
How long are co-op terms?
Co-op terms must be at least 13 consecutive weeks. The average length for a co-op term is 14-16 weeks. Tourism co-ops can range from 13-24 weeks, depending on organizational needs.
How many years / terms would a student have completed?
Public relations and business administration co-op students complete at least two years of their degree before completing their first co-op work term. Tourism students complete one year of their degree before their first co-op work term. See more information on co-op work term sequencing.
Are co-op students available year-round?
Public relations and business administration students have cohorts completing co-ops from January – April, May – August, and September – December every year. Tourism students only complete co-ops during the summer term (May – August or May – Mid-October) given the seasonal nature of the industry.
Does the Mount Co-op Office pre-screen applicants or call references?
No. To maintain fairness and equity, the Co-op Office cannot screen resumes, make selection recommendations, or call references for employers.
If I post a job do I have to hire?
An employer is never asked to hire a student they consider to be unacceptable. As a result, some students may not secure jobs and some employers may not obtain students.
What is the process of hiring a co-op student?
Is there any contact with the university after the student is hired?
We encourage employers to contact the Co-op Office at any time if there is a need or an issue involving the student. More formalized contact with employers by mail, email and in-person throughout the co-op term includes a confirmation of the hire, a work site visit with the university representative, and an end-of-term evaluation of the student.
Does the student pass or fail based on my evaluation?
Your evaluation is a part of a student’s final grade. In addition to your evaluation, a student’s grade consists of the work site visit, the student’s successful completion of an in-depth work term project, the completion of learning objectives, and a return-to-campus debriefing session with faculty.
What funding options are available to my organization to hire a student?
If you are a Nova Scotia employer, you may be eligible for the Nova Scotia government’s Co-operative Education Incentive (CEI) funding program. If you are a Canadian employer, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) may be a good option.
How can I nominate my student for Mount Co-op Student of the Year?
The Mount Co-op Student of the Year Award was instituted in 1999 to recognize the 20th anniversary of co-operative education at the Mount. These awards may be granted on a yearly basis to co-op students in each of the following academic disciplines: Business Administration, Public Relations, and Tourism & Hospitality Management.