Post-Secondary Student Placements

Post-Secondary Co-op Students

A co-op student is one who is enrolled in a recognized post-secondary program in which classroom instruction is alternated with semesters of work placements related to the field of study.  In order to be considered a “co-op” student, they must be registered in a co-op program through their educational institution. 

  • The student applying is expected to be at a post-secondary education level
  • They need to be registered in either college or university.
  • The student will be employed for the length of a semester, broken up into 4-month terms.  
  • A student cannot exceed four co-op terms. 
  • Various hours of work.  
  • Decided by the program and academic institution requirements.
  • Co-ops can be paid or not paid.
  • Pay is determined by the hiring manager.
  • Students must be enrolled in a recognized educational institution in a formal co-operative program. 
  • Co-op students should be provided a meaningful work experience and be exposed to all elements of the position, both administrative and technical. 
  • Under strict supervision, students should be taking a “hands on” approach in the workplace.
  • Managers may choose to interview if they have a selection of students. 
  • Details can be made in conjunction with the co-op program coordinator within the school.
  • On-line applications are not available through the City of Hamilton’s website. 
  • Students are to apply to the hiring manager directly as per the posting’s instructions, and /or through their school’s co-op office.

Internships

This type of student is enrolled in a supervised program for on-the-job training.  Assignments are designed to give the student the skills, knowledge and ability required for entry into a career or profession.  Interns typically are near the end of their post-secondary education, or have completed and graduated their post-secondary education and/or graduate studies, and are now looking to transition into their career. This acts as a stepping stone for students.  Interns tend to be more in professional fields (ie: Legal, Engineering, Teaching, Accounting etc..)

  • The student applying is expected to be at a post-secondary education level
  • They need to be registered in either college or university.
  • Internships typically last for 9 months to one year or more.
  • The student is expected to work full-time work hours.
  • The hours of work will be determined by the student and the hiring department.
  • Interns are paid students.
  • Rates of pay are dependent on the position and it’s respective Collective Agreement.
  • Students must be enrolled in a related field of study.
  • Students should be performing a large part of the job. 
  • Interns should be more independent and managing their own duties and projects.
  • Managers may choose to interview if they have a selection of students. 
  • Details can be made in conjunction with the program coordinator within the school.

Apprenticeships

This type of student is enrolled in a trades program for on-the-job training.  Assignments are designed to give the student the skills, knowledge and ability required for entry into a career or profession in the trades.  Students receive a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning.  Visit the Ontario College of Trades and to view a list of trades professions.

  • Must have obtained OSSD as per the Ministry guidelines.
  • Students must be enrolled in a recognized trades program.
  • Must be registered with the OCT (Ontario College of Trades).
  • Students should be performing a large part of the job. 
  • They should be more independent and managing their own duties and projects.
  • Managers may choose to interview if they have a selection of students. 
  • Details can be made in conjunction with the program coordinator within the school.