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Your co-op job posting is the students’ first impression about the experience they will gain with you as an employer. The key to attracting co-op students is to provide a detailed and informative position description. When drafting your next co-op position description, try to include the following:

Position Title: Descriptive titles such as Communications Assistant, Web Developer, Research Assistant, Travel Counsellor or Special Events Coordinator are more interesting to students than a generic title like Co-op Student.

Student Testimonials: Quotes from previous co-op students can be helpful

Specific Duties: The more you can tell students, the better. Separating duties into primary and secondary responsibilities is effective. Students also appreciate having a specific project or assignment they can “own”. This is beneficial for them when they’re developing their portfolios and resumes.

Qualifications: Be sure to include specific information about skills and aptitudes required such as computer programs and languages. Be sure to note which are necessary and which are considered an asset.

Salary Details: Salaries influence students’ choices and those that are TBA, to be announced, are not attractive. Students are more likely to apply for positions that have salaries, or at least a range, included. If you provide  travel/and or accommodation assistance, this should also be noted.

Employer Information: A paragraph about the company/or department is helpful. Students appreciate learning about the reporting structure, how long you have been a Mount co-op employer, and if they will be working with Mount graduates.