Employer Guide to PEY Co-op & ESIP

Our Work Experience Programs

We offer two programs that are specially designed to help U of T undergraduate students develop the skills and experience they need for the workplace.

Professional Experience Year
Co-op Program
(PEY Co-op)

  • Continuous paid work-term for 12-16 months
  • Students start between May and September

Engineering Summer
Internship Program

  • Continuous paid work-term for 4 months
  • Students start in May


How to Hire PEY Co-op & ESIP Students

1.  Register on the Engineering Career Portal

Register on the Engineering Career Portal and one of our Co-op Coordinators will be assigned to your company to help you navigate the recruitment process.

2.  Post Jobs

After registration is approved, you can post jobs directly on the Career Portal. If you’re experiencing trouble, your Co-op Coordinator will help you.

3.  Host Employer Info Sessions

Promote your organization to targeted students. You can determine the format, details presented, and the event speakers. We can advise which dates/times students prefer during the academic year, help you book space on-campus and leverage different departments to promote your event to targeted students. Please contact Joanne at joanne.huynh@utoronto.ca to inquire or to book your Employer Information Session!

4.  Conduct Interviews

Feel free to have interviews on-campus or onsite. We have interview rooms available at our office for your interviews and can assist in making interview schedules and compiling resumes.

5.  Hire students

Please send the offer letter and employment contract directly to the student, and a copy to your Co-op Coordinator. Contracts need to follow duration guidelines; PEY Co-op must be 12-16 months and ESIP must be 4 months in summer.  There is a work term fee ($975 for PEY Co-op, $275 for ESIP) that students pay to be in the program. Some employers reimburse their students as a hiring incentive. Please refer to last year’s salary statistics for average pay rates. Salary Statistics - 2019-2020

6.  Sign required documents

During their work term, students are required to submit evaluations and reports to fulfill the program requirements. The student’s supervisor/manager is also required to complete sections within the evaluation and report. If your organization has their own evaluation forms, these may be accepted in place of the programs’ templates.

Please note: it is the student's responsibility to submit these items on time.

7.  Receive Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit Letters

The PEY Co-op and ESIP program are government-recognized co-operative education programs. Employers in Ontario who hire students through PEY Co-op or ESIP may be eligible for the co-operative education tax credit worth up to $3,000 every 4 months in incentives. Check Canada Revenue Agency’s Co-operative Education Tax Credit for details.

Our office will reach out to our employer contacts with tax credit letters for registered PEY Co-op and ESIP students.

For more information, read our frequently asked questions.