Co-op Employer Guide

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PEY Co-op contacts

Each employer is assigned a lead Co-op Coordinator and is supported by the Employer Relations team. To discuss your recruitment needs or job postings, or for support with the ECC Career Portal, please contact your Coordinator or email our general inbox.

Here's the contact information for the entire Engineering Career Centre team.

Our offices are located in downtown Toronto.

About PEY Co-op

Canada's leading Engineering co-op program

The Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op) offered through the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is the largest program of its kind in Canada, and a key part of U of T's commitment to  learning.

PEY Co-op enables undergraduates who have completed their second or third year of study to build meaningful work experience, strengthen their professional networks and enhance their interpersonal and technical competencies. During the work terms, students are full-time employees with a competitive salary.

Students are undergraduates, and come from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and University of Toronto Mississauga Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

Summer Co-op Work Term

Co-op employers will be able to post and promote roles to engineering student applicants to recruit for the summer 2024 work term. Summer students are available for 12 to 16 weeks between May and August 2024.

Over 1,000 talented students in this cohort have completed intensive and structured career programming. In addition to building their professional brand and investigating different industries, they have enhanced their knowledge of workplace dynamics, which ensures a smooth transition to the workplace.

Starting in the Fall term, Year 2 engineering and UTM students will begin applying for summer jobs.

12-to-16-month work term

Recruit for 12 to 16 month work terms starting between May and September. 

Starting in September, undergraduate students from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and University of Toronto Mississauga Mathematical and Computational Sciences can start applying to posted opportunities. The recruitment period is a continuous cycle and runs until  July.


Why hire our students?

Build a talent pipeline from Canada’s #1 ranked engineering school.  With an underlying commitment to developing the ‘whole engineer’, we ensure our students have the technical skills and training in workplace dynamics to make a lasting impact at your organization.

You also have a large pool of talent to choose from, since over 1500 U of T students from Engineering and other technical disciplines register in the PEY Co-op program every year.

Join hundreds of satisfied employers

Our PEY students play a crucial role and are an integral part of our community at AMD. As an alumnus and current Hardware Validation hiring manager for the PEY program, I can attest to the fresh perspectives and diverse ideas the students bring to the organization. We are always looking for students who are eager to develop their technical skills and help solve real world problems in the semiconductor industry. The PEY program gives students not only an opportunity to build their skills, but it also opens the door to future employment within the company. It’s a win-win for everyone.

- Michael Politano (AMD)

What I appreciated most about the PEY students we hired were that the are very professional, hardworking, and motivated, and they adapted to the work environment in no time. Their fresh ideas and enthusiasm were a great positive impact in our workplace. It has been amazing to work with our current PEY students, Claire and Clara. They have maintained top quality work despite having to deal with the challenges that have come with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are looking to continue to build on our relationship with the PEY program to ensure a strong connection and hiring pipeline in the future.

- Siddharth Das (Kinectrics Inc.)

As a result of Walmart Canada partnering with University of Toronto's PEY program, dozens of students over the years gained unique experience by working alongside seasoned industry professionals, solving problems, implementing change and growing into young professionals ready for the real word challenges. These students are not just interns - they play an integral part in the successes of the teams they work within. At the end of their term it's rewarding to see the progress they have made, the impact they have had and the learning they are taking away with them.

- Alexei Taianovski (Walmart Canada)

Recruitment process and timeline

We encourage you to post your jobs and hire early in the cycle: this is when the pool of available students is at its largest.

Position yourself for the future by enrolling as a new employer on our innovative Engineering Career Portal

Key Dates12-16 months PEY Co-op Recruitment
August 29. 2023 - June 30, 2024Job board opens- continuous job posting
September 18, 2023Job postings go live
Students submit application
October 2, 2023- July 12, 2024Continuous interview phase
October 2023- July 26, 2024Continuous job offer and acceptance period
December 8, 2023Suggested last day to interview before Winter Break
December 15, 2023Last day to confirm offers through co-op office before Winter Break
December 21, 2023 -January 1, 2024Co-op recruitment on hold for Winter Break
January 2, 2024- onwardsJob posting, interviews and offers are on-going


Key DatesSummer 2024 Co-op Recruitment
October 26, 2023 - April 30, 2024Job board opens – continuous job posting
October 26, 2023Job postings go live, and students can start applying
November 2023 - April 2024Continuous interview and job offer for summer participants
May 1 - June 10, 2024Suggested period to start summer jobs


  • August 29: Career Portal opens to employers
  • September 18: Career Portal opens to students
  • October 10: Interviews, job offers and acceptances begin
  • December 08: Suggested deadline to interview before winter break
  • December 15: Suggested deadline to confirm offers through ECC before winter break
  • December 21- January 01: Exams and winter break


  • April: Job postings and offers close for summer work terms
  • June: Job postings close for 12-16-month work terms
  • July: Interviews close for 12-16-month work terms
  • August: Job offers close for 12-16-month work terms

Work term dates:

  • May through August 2024: Summer work terms
  • May to September 2024 through May to August 2025: 12-16-month work terms

Connect with us now by contacting your dedicated Co-op Coordinator or email us.

How to ensure a successful work term


The University of Toronto monitors and follows the advice of public health authorities regarding restrictions of working in person at the company location. Co-op employers are encouraged to observe and implement the safety policies and protocols of cities and provinces where our co-op students are assigned to complete their work terms.   

The Engineering Career Centre staff were able to successfully facilitate over one thousand co-op work terms in the past year by delivering our services online and virtually to both students and employers. 

For the 2022-2023 recruitment cycle, while there are plans for the University to return to the workplace in person, we also recognize that on-campus face-to-face interviews may not happen due to safety protocol requirements. As such, we encourage our employers and students to be prepared for virtual interviews. We will continue to monitor and guide you with any recruitment updates as we receive them. 

International work terms 

If you are an international employer hiring co-op students, we encourage you to discuss the following with potential students:

  • Start and end dates of the work period
  • Compensation details
  • Relocation expenses, such as travel and housing assistance
  • Onboarding resources, local transit information
  • Visa processing options, sponsorship, and payment of administrative fees