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

If you are interested in hosting an information session or connecting with students, please visit: https://engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca/info-for-employers/connect-with-students/

4.  Conduct Interviews

Due to COVID-19, our physical office is currently closed. We recommend interviews take place virtually rather than in person. We can assist in creating interview schedules and compiling application bundles.

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 that students pay to be in the program ($975 for PEY Co-op, $275 for ESIP). Some employers choose to reimburse their students for this fee as a hiring incentive. Please refer to last year’s salary statistics for average pay rates

2020-2021 PEY Co-op Salary Statistics

ESIP 2020 Salary Stats

6.  Sign required documents

During the course of the work term, both students and supervising managers are required to submit online evaluations and check-ins to fulfill the program requirements.  If your organization has their own evaluation forms, these may be accepted in place of the programs’ templates.

As such, students are encouraged to take the lead in meeting with their supervisors to review and complete these documents.  The submission timeline and guidelines are available on our website

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.



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