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Co-op Hiring Process



Ryerson Co-op uses a continuous hiring process where jobs are posted on first-come, first-served basis until all students are hired. There is no ranking or matching of students with employers.

Applying for co-op jobs is similar to a real-world hiring process with a few differences that allow for employers to be assured that the students they choose are committed to working with them, and for as many co-op students as possible to find work.

(The steps below may take 2 - 4 weeks depending on the employer)

1. Advertisement 2. Application 3. Interviews 4. Selection
Job descriptions are submitted by employers via e-mail and posted for students to apply. Student applications (cover letter, resume & grade report) are sent to employers to be pre-screened for interviews. Employers review the applications and decide which students they would like to interview. Employers notify the Co-op Office of the students they wish to hire and the Co-op Office relays the offers to the students.


Applying for Jobs

The hiring process normally begins 3 - 4 months in advance of the start of employment.

Jobs start to be posted in... To start working in
January May (Summer)
May September (Fall)
September January (Winter)


  • Students have an opportunity to review the postings and decide whether to apply for the jobs. There is no limit to the number of jobs a student can apply to
  • Students should apply for a reasonable number of jobs to increase their chances of finding work. Normally students looking for their first co-op job will apply to 40 or more postings.
  • Each posting will have a deadline to apply which is normally 3 - 5 working days from the date the job is posted
  • A cover letter, resume and transcript are required for most jobs

Finding your own job for co-op credit

The Co-op Office encourages students to use their personal networks to find additional job opportunities in addition to the jobs provided through the Co-op Office.

Students are advised to speak with the Co-op staff and/or the respective Co-op Faculty Advisor to receive approval for a job secured through a self-directed search.

Students who secure their own job must complete and submit an Employment Eligibility Form available at the Online Forms tab of their PlacePro account.

Students may do self-directed search at the following sites:



The Co-op Office will notify you via email if you are selected for an interview. Instructions to sign up will include date, time, location and interviewer. Students are expected to attend all interviews they have arranged unless they have accepted an offer of employment verbally or in writing (includes email).

Reasons for missing an interview must be discussed in advance with your Co-ordinator, the Co-op office, and/or the employer. Some circumstances may be accepted as unavoidable and alternate arrangements may be made. Interviews missed for unacceptable reasons may result in withdrawal of services from the Co-op Office.

Attending the Interview

  • Attendance at all interviews is mandatory
  • Dress professionally
  • Be punctual. Arrive at the interview location 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time
  • Bring a copy of your resume, transcript, references and any additional related material
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer
  • Smile and remember to maintain eye contact


Job Offers

  • All co-op job offers must be accepted or declined within 48 hours
  • Once a job has been accepted, students must confirm by email to the Co-op Office and the employer. Students are then committed to the position and are not permitted to apply, interview or accept other offers for that term.
  • If an offer is received directly from the employer, please notify the Co-op Office
  • Complete all necessary forms required for the employment