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Why Hire a McMaster Science Co-op Student?

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Hire from the best. McMaster has been among the top 100 universities in the world for 20 years.

98% of employers state our co-op students meet or exceed their expectations.

McMaster was named Canada’s most research-intensive, medical-doctoral university by Research Infosource 2017.

Connect your business with the next-gen mindset.

Students join co-op in Year 3, meaning all students have completed at least five academic semesters prior to their first work term.

Get up to 50-70% of student wage costs reimbursed.

Funding subsidies such as the Ontario Tax Credit, Student-Work Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) and NSERC Experience Awards make it affordable.


  • Quality over Quantity: Admission to the program is limited, and students are selected based on an application, GPA and an entrance interview. Candidates are pre-screened for job readiness.
  • Our programs are accredited by the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). Employers and students can be assured that our programs meet and exceed national quality standards.
  • Our students have the option of combining two work terms back to back, allowing you to hire for 4 or 8 months from most programs.
  • We offer free services to employers to support your recruitment and promotional strategies, including job posting on our online recruitment system, preparing application packages, facilitating on-campus interviewing, and hosting career and promotional events.
  • We are a relatively small co-op program, and know our students well. We provide full support to our students and employers before, during and after the work term.
  • Hiring a co-op student is a great way to trial a candidate for a potential full-time position, with minimal risk.
  • Academic Excellence: McMaster is one of only five Canadian universities (and one of only two in Ontario) consistently ranked among the top 100 in the world by the major global ranking systems.
  • McMaster is home to more than 70 research centres and institutes.
  • The McMaster Model, a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide.

We look forward to building a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with you.

Minimum Work Term Requirements

  • 420 hours of paid employment within each 4 month term
  • Work must be full-time, with a minimum of 35 hours per week