Post-Secondary CO-OP/Internship Program – Hiring managers and human resources specialists

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Looking for a post-secondary student registered in a post-secondary CO-OP/internship program?

This program aims to provide post-secondary students with employment opportunities that are part of their curriculum in federal departments and agencies.

It is a great way to give students the hands-on experience they need while putting their energy, enthusiasm and skills to good use within your organization and be an active participant in the public service renewal.

Student eligibility criteria


The student must be a full-time student registered in a post-secondary CO-OP/internship program where the work experience is mandatory for graduation 


The post-secondary CO-OP/internship program must be found in the list of validated post-secondary academic institutions and programs


The student must meet the minimum age requirement in the province of work


  • In keeping with section 4 of the Student Employment Programs Participants Regulations, preference must be given to students who are Canadian citizens, who have not previously been appointed to the public service under a student employment program and who meet the qualifications for the work to be performed.
  • Proof of full-time status will be required.
  • The duration of the CO-OP/internship assignment is determined by the student’s academic institution.
  • Work term is paid unless the student’s academic credit program precludes payment of a salary under section 5.4 of the Student Employment Policy.

How it works

To hire a CO-OP/Internship student:

  1. Search the Public Service Commission’s list of validated post-secondary academic institutions and programs.
  2. Consult the postsecondary institution’s CO-OP/Internship to advertise your job opportunities and review the applications referred to you.
  3. Discuss the next steps with your human resources advisor and the CO-OP/Internship coordinator.

To make an offer of appointment

Determine your student's rate of pay based on Treasury Board’s Student Rates of Pay.

Each offer of appointment sets out all the conditions related to the appointment, as required by the Appointment Policy.

Organizations are expected to retain the required information, as set out in Annex B of the Appointment Policy that is related to student appointments. This includes, at a minimum:

To re-hire students

Managers can re-hire students who were originally hired through one of the following student employment programs: FSWEP, RAP or CO-OP. Managers need to verify that the student continues to meet the student eligibility criteria as per Student Employment Policy.

Organizations are responsible for all re-hire procedures. We invite you to contact your human resources advisor to find out about those requirements.

When an additional work term is required as a condition of graduation, CO-OP and internship students may be re-employed by the same department or by another department. Prior approval by the student's post-secondary academic institution is required. 

Information on appointments and re-hires

Organizations must retain the required information as specified in Annex B of the Appointment Policy for students. These are, at a minimum, the following:

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