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Making education work!

Georgian is Ontario’s first co-op education college and a recognized leader in student work experience. We partner with over 6,200 employers, and more than 4,100 of our students gain experience in co-ops every year.

Our Co-operative Education and Career Success team provides expertise, guidance and resources to students, graduates and alumni in a wide range of career and employment services by:

  • Recruiting and posting co-op, internship, part-time, contract, on-campus and graduate jobs through Orbis, our dedicated job posting portal
  • Providing one-on-one consultations and in-class workshops/seminars to develop job search skills and strategies
  • Administering a variety of career assessments to help students explore options and make key decisions about educational and career paths
  • Guiding students to research and interpret relevant and current information about careers and the labour market
  • Supporting international students in their Canadian job search and assisting domestic students seeking international work experience

If you are in a co-op or internship program, it is vital that you register on Banner for your co-op hour.

Be sure to drop by and see us in B110 (Barrie), A200 (Orillia) or A122aa (Owen Sound).

For more information, call 705.728.1968, ext. 1340, or email us.

Are you an employer looking for help in growing your labour force beyond Georgian College programs? Visit our Career and Employment Community Services page.

Information for students

Terms and conditions

The following is for students currently enrolled in co-op/internship programs at Georgian College. We use this application to facilitate the college-directed co-op/internship job search process. In order to have access to Orbis, you must have agreed to the following:

  • I have read and understood the Co-operative Education and Career Success Manual including the roles and responsibilities of the co-op/internship student
  • I have had the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions with my co-op/internship consultant
  • If I access Orbis, I understand that I must not misuse the system and that any misuse will fall under the provisions of the Information Technology Acceptable Use Procedure (Procedure 2-117)
  • I understand that I may be removed from the system at the discretion of the Co-operative Education and Career Success manager and that any questions regarding the functionality of the program should be forwarded to the data resource specialists, room B110


I have read, understand and consent to the terms and conditions above

Access Orbis

The career plan model

  • Self-knowledge: Who am I? – Understand who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are before you can make effective career decisions
  • Career knowledge: What’s out there for me? – Explore options, job activities, hours and earnings, working conditions, geographic location, labour market, company/organization
  • Decision-making: What do I need? – Academic skills, college/university/apprenticeship, licensing/certification
  • Job search: How will I get there? – Resume, cover letter, interview skills, networking/contacts, career portfolio, information interviewing

Unsure of your career direction? We’re here to help you find the answers.

  • When should I start planning my career?
  • Which careers match my interests?
  • What can I do with a diploma or degree?
  • What are the advantages of a co-op or internship program?
  • Where do I find information on careers?
  • Should I go to school or consider apprenticeship training?
  • Where can I get help making a career change?

Career services

  • One-on-one career planning
  • Career assessments: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS, COPES, TWI, TypeFocus, Career Focusing
  • Job search skills: resumé and cover letter development, interview preparation and mock interviews, employment portfolio development
  • In-class workshops
  • Assistance to current and graduating students and alumni
  • Provide fee-for-service to community clients

Co-operative education and internships

  • Assist students in obtaining a  co-op or  internship experience
  • Coaching for co-op and  internship positions
  • Liaison with employers
  • Employer development
  • Orbis database for co-op and internship opportunities

Workplace transition

  • Career and  employment development services to students with barriers to employment including physical disabilities, mental health issues and specific learning disabilities, lack of work experience and employment maintenance issues

Graduate employment

  • Employer development
  • Graduate employment statistics/KPIs
  • Resumé and cover letter development
  • Self employment
  • Resources
  • Workshops
  • Provides assistance to graduating students and alumni

Check us out on Blackboard too!

To book an appointment  with a consultant, visit B110 (Founders Building) at the Barrie Campus or phone 705.728.1968 ext. 1340.

Drop-in days

Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No appointment needed

NEW! Perfect Interview – An online interview program to practise your interview skills 24/7; specify the type of questions you want to practise; save your responses in video or text format.

*Create a new account and your ID and password will be emailed to you

Visit our program pages for the most up-to-date list of co-op and internship programs at Georgian College.

Coming soon, please check back at a later date!

Download the 2014-2015 Co-operative Education and Internship Student Manual

(Permission to use content must be authorized by Co-operative Education and Career Success)


Co-op Pre-Entrance Scholarship Award ($1,000)
Reference # 51062
Description: This award has been made available by Co-operative Education and Career Success

Eligibility: Open to all first-year, full-time students in a co-operative education program at Georgian College, who have successfully completed a high school co-op work experience.

Georgian Co-op Student of the Year Award ($1,000)
Reference # 51014
Description: This award has been made available by Co-operative Education and Career Success and the Office of Development.
Eligibility: Available to all full-time students in any co-operative education program.

For further information visit the Awards and Scholarships page.

Award winners

2011-12 Georgian Co-op Student of the Year Award ($1,000)

 Georgian’s 2011/2012 Co-op Student of the Year!
Congratulations Ken – you are Georgian’s 2011-12 Co-op Student of the Year!

Ken Lin knows how to make education work! As a mature student in the Civil Engineering Technology program, Ken excelled in co-op work terms and academic semesters, all while participating in industry, student, and volunteer activities.

Ken’s efforts within the college community as a peer tutor and director of engineering on the Student Administrative Council, combined with his high academic achievement, were also factors considered in his nomination.

 “The process of obtaining co-op work placements has offered me great exposure to job searching skills through resume and cover letter writing, interviews, and job acceptance,” says Ken, “The co-op work terms provided me with a network of professional contacts that could help me tap into hidden job markets and hopefully  provide my first job opportunity after graduation.”

2011-12 Co-op Entrance Scholarship ($1,000) awarded to Environmental Technology student

Co-op Consultant Stan Ryba presents Ben with his award. Congratulations Ben!
Co-op Consultant Stan Ryba presents Ben Brown with his award. Congratulations Ben!

In Ben Brown’s final year of high school, he completed a two-credit co-op term, working at Camp Heidelberg Outdoor Education. This experience provided him with invaluable learning opportunities in outdoor education, and taught him the value of co-operative education. He then enrolled in Georgian’s Environment Technology program.

Ben was the successful recipient of the Co-op Entrance Scholarship, awarded to a full-time first-year student who could describe the benefits and significance of their high school co-op experience, and how it impacted their decision to choose a co-op program at Georgian College.
According to his teacher at Camp Heidelberg, Ben excelled at his co-op and constantly exceeded expectations. Not only did he develop the instructional materials, he was also given the opportunity to teach the course to fellow students.
Ben realized that his co-op experience provided him with hands-on learning, as well as relevant work experience, career clarification, networking opportunities and personal growth.

Visit our career services portal. Click on the Non-Co-op Students, Graduates and Alumni button, then follow the instructions provided on the login page to create your account and begin job searching! (Non-co-op students, graduates and alumni are required to register for an account.)

  • Graduate job opportunities
  • Part-time, on-campus, seasonal and volunteer jobs

Does your resumé need some work?
The Co-operative Education and Career Success team is ready to help! Come see us in B110 (Founders Building) at the Barrie Campus or call to make an appointment: 705.728.1968, ext. 1340.

Getting Georgian College students working for you!

We offer employers a free, one-stop, year-round job posting service for co-op, internship, full time, casual, part-time and summer positions.

  • We’ll assist you with job postings and arranging interviews.
  • We will match your needs as an employer with student career goals, education and experience.

Our team is here to help you meet your recruiting requirements. Let us work on your behalf. To post a job, visit our co-op and career services portal.

Has your company hired a graduate from Georgian College in the last year? If so, you may receive a phone call from FORUM Research asking how satisfied you are with our graduates. This is for Key Performance Indicators and is mandated by the provincial government. We thank you for your continued support in Making Education Work!

Are you an employer looking for help in growing your labour force beyond Georgian College programs? Visit our Career and Employment Community Services page.

  • Highly motivated and qualified students available from a wide range of programs
  • Three semester system means co-op students are available year-round
  • Fill your special projects, vacation, contract and seasonal requirements
  • Enhance your company’s visibility and reputation on campus
  • Reduces recruitment costs for future hires
  • Ontario Co-op Tax Credit available
  • Evaluate on-the-job performance for future full-time positions
  • Eliminate or reduce training periods for future graduate hiring

Download our Employer’s Guide below:

Online Employer's Guide

Co-operative education/internship definition

Georgian College is a member of the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE), Education at Work Ontario (EWO) and the Canadian Association for Internship Programs (CAFIP) and abides by their definition and code of ethics.

Co-operative education is defined as a program that formally integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience in co-operative employer organizations. The usual co-op model followed is for students to alternate periods of work experience and academic study in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions according to the following criteria:

  • Each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning situation
  • The student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing
  • The student receives remuneration for the work performed
  • The institution monitors the student’s progress on the job
  • The student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer
  • The total work experience is usually 50 per cent of the time spent in academic study and in no circumstances less than 30 per cent

Internship is an extended period of paid work experience that is an integral part of a program of postsecondary study. Students are employed in settings that provide work experience directly related to their academic programs and career objectives.

Education @ work

Become one of our co-op partners and benefit from the following:

  • Highly motivated students available for peak business periods, special projects, contracts or vacation relief
  • You can observe an employee’s performance prior to making a permanent job offer
  • Students bring enthusiasm and current technical knowledge to the workplace
  • Co-op students help you to enhance your corporate profile in the community and across the globe
  • Tax credits and subsidies are available to eligible employers

Student availability

Students are available for co-op work terms or seasonal employment at various times of the year. Most work terms start in May, September or January and are usually four months long. Internships are typically 12 weeks.

Thinking about hiring a Georgian College student?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Click on to register for an account.
  • Select Register for an Account and complete the required information (email address is required)
  • An email will be sent once your account has been approved; if you forget your account login information, please click the Forgot password button on the top left side of the screen

To post a job opportunity

  • Upon your account approval, click on Login
  • Select Co-op/internship
  • Upload your posting and complete the required fields
  • Once your posting has been approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is live

To hire a co-op / internship student

  • Review applications and select which students you would like to interview.
  • Interviews can take place at Georgian College or at your location, just let us know and we’re happy to make arrangements.
  • Select which candidate is the best one for your organization and then let us know who you would like to hire, along with additional rankings if applicable. For co-op students, we will confirm with you if the student accepts the position.
  • Provide a detailed job description to the student(s), provide adequate training, orientation and mentoring so the student(s) are familiar with your expectations. Provide on-the-job supervision and increase the degree of challenging duties according to the student’s capabilities. Complete an employer evaluation form prior to the end of the work term and let us know if there is anything we can assist with during the co-op term.
  • A Georgian College co-op/internship staff member will contact you once a posting is submitted to confirm any details and make any required arrangements necessary. He/she will also follow up with you and the student part-way through the work term to see how things are going for both you and the student. We appreciate open communication and want to help in any way we can to ensure a positive experience for all.

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Register on Banner
  • Provide the college with a learning agreement to let us know where they are working and what they are doing (this is due once the student confirms their new co-op position)
  • Submit a report about the co-op/internship work experience and identify learning outcomes related to their program
  • Submit their employer evaluation in order to receive credit for the co-op experience

Co-op/internship recruitment timelines

  • Summer (recruitment begins in January/February)
  • Fall (recruitment begins in May/June)
  • Winter (recruitment begins September/ October)

To hire a grad or student (part-time, seasonal, volunteer, on-campus)

  • Go to to register for an account
  • Select Register for an Account and complete the required information (email address is required)
  • An email will be sent once your account has been approved
  • If you forget your account login information, please select the Forgot password button on the top left side of the screen

To post a job opportunity

  • Upon your account approval, click on Login
  • Select Career
  • Upload your posting and complete the required fields
  • Once your posting has been approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is live

Protecting your privacy is very important us! Your information collected on this website or through email will be used  to provide you with information, to improve the quality of our services and for statistical purposes. No information will be made available to third parties except as permitted or required by law.

We strive to keep our website current and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will make every effort to correct them. We maintain this website to provide access and information to all Georgian College students, graduates, alumni and employers. Our department does not represent or guarantee the accuracy or reliability of communications posted by users or endorses the opinions expressed by users. Co-operative Education and Career Success at Georgian College and its agents shall not be held liable for any damage whatsoever, which may arise as a result of errors, omissions, or changes to the information appearing on this website.

Submission of personal information is voluntary. Any questions concerning the collection of this information may be directed to,

Welcome employers! Co-operative Education and Career Success at Georgian College has a new streamlined system for you to post your job opportunities to our students that is simple, efficient and easy to use. If you don’t already have an account, please follow the directions below to get started.

Register for an account

  • Go to and select Employers
  • Select Register for an account and complete the required information (email address is required)
  • An email will be sent once your account has been approved.  If you forget your account login information, please select the Forgot password button on the top left side of the screen

Post a job opportunity

  • Upon your account approval, click on Login
  • Select either Co-op/internship or career for the type of recruitment you wish to do
  • Upload your posting and complete the required fields
  • Once your posting has been approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is live

If you have additional inquiries, please email us.

We thank you for your co-operation and support in offering work experience and opportunities to our students!

Together we make education work!

If you have questions, please call 705.728.1968 ext. 1340 or send us an email.

Co-op   programs




Aboriginal Community and Social Development

$ 12.50

11.00 – 14.00

$ 12.50

11.00 – 14.00



$ 13.33

10.25 – 20.57

$ 15.31

10.25 – 23.19

$ 13.64

10.25 – 22.00

Automotive Business School of Canada/School of Business Accounting

$ 12.29

10.25 – 16.00

$ 12.78

10.50 – 17.50

$ 13.31

10.50 – 16.83


$ 12.68

10.25 – 20.00

$ 13.16

10.25 – 25.00

$ 13.99

10.25 – 25.51


$ 13.17

11.00 – 18.00

$ 14.26

12.00 – 21.19

$ 13.64

10.25 – 18.55


$ 13.01

10.25 – 18.00

$ 13.45

10.25 – 16.25


Human Resources

$ 12.19

10.25 – 16.40

$ 13.35

10.75 – 22.00

$ 14.65

12.50 – 20.25


$ 12.13

10.25 – 20.00

$ 13.72

12.00 – 20.00

$ 13.64

11.00 – 21.00

Computer Studies

$ 14.01

10.25 – 25.00

$ 15.37

10.50 – 21.50

$ 15.19

11.00 – 18.97

Technology and Environmental Studies Engineering Architecture

$ 13.35

10.25 – 17.50

$ 15.11

11.00 – 22.21

$ 16.03

11.00 – 19.40


$ 15.81

10.25 – 18.00

$ 15.78

11.01 – 21.00

$ 15.68

11.01 – 21.00


$ 14.86

11.00 – 20.59

$ 15.77

11.00 – 24.65

$ 18.29

12.00 – 26.50


$ 12.81

10.47 – 16.00

$ 14.33

11.01 – 22.21

$ 14.48

11.01 – 21.99


$ 13.21

10.25 – 20.94




$ 1,000.00/mth  (on average)

$ 1,250.00/mth  (on average)

$1,500.00/mth   (on   average)


$ 13.58

10.25 – 15.50

$ 12.93

10.25 – 15.50

$ 14.37

10.50 – 20.00


$ 16.81

10.25 – 25.00

$ 18.33

10.25 – 25.00


Precision Skills

$ 12.94

10.25 – 15.00



Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

$ 11.08

10.25 – 15.00

$ 11.34

10.25 – 15.00

$ 13.04

10.25 – 25.00


$ 11.86

10.00 – 18.00

$ 12.97

10.25 – 20.00


Veterinary Technician

$ 11.97

10.25 – 15.00

$ 12.34

10.25 – 17.00


Co-operative Education Tax Credit

A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a recognized Ontario university or college co-operative education program.The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system.

 The benefit

An eligible employer may claim a refundable tax credit for each qualifying work placement ending in the taxation year. The 2009 Ontario Budget introduced enhancements to the CETC for expenditures incurred after March 26, 2009. The CETCreimburses employers 25 per cent of eligible expenditures. Smaller businesses are eligible for a higher credit rate of 30 per cent. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months. Eligible expenditures made by a business in respect of a qualifying work placement are:

  • salaries and wages including taxable benefits paid or payable to the student in respect of the qualifying work placement at an Ontario permanent establishment (place of business)
  • fees paid or payable to an employment agency in respect of the qualifying work placement for the services of a student carried out primarily at an Ontario place of business.

For expenditures incurred prior to March 27, 2009, the CETC reimburses employers 10 to 15 per cent of eligible expenditures up to a maximum tax credit of $1,000 for each qualifying co-operative education work placement. The enhanced maximum amount of the CETCis pro-rated for taxation years straddling the effective date.


Eligible employers must:

  • have a permanent establishment located in Ontario, and
  • be subject to Ontario income tax, and
  • incur eligible expenditures associated with hiring co-op students enrolled in an Ontario university or college.

Eligible employers must hold a certified document from an eligible educational institution confirming that the employer has provided a placement to a student in respect of a qualifying co-op work placement. Although members of a partnership may share the CETC, limited partners are not entitled to this credit.

How to apply

Incorporated business

Corporations may claim the tax credit on Schedule T2SCH550 of their T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

Unincorporated business

Employers operating unincorporated businesses may claim the credit on Form ON479, Ontario Credits, included in their personal income tax return.


Members of partnerships claim their share of the credit on their own corporate or personal tax returns.

Small Business Internship Program

The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) funded by Industry Canada provides small and medium-sized enterprises financial support to hire a post secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of e-business strategies to increase their productivity and competitiveness.


Looking to hire a co-op student for summer?

There are incentives to help cover their salaries. These will be updated on a regular basis.

Canada Summer Jobs

  • A Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students and is designed to focus on local priorities, while achieving tangible results for both students and their communities.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

  • Grants are available to apprentices and employers when training is successfully completed.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

  • Provides direct support to apprentices in the first two years of an approved apprenticeship training program.

Ontario Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (OATTC)

  • Employers that hire and train apprentices in specific skilled trades may qualify for up to a 25 per cent refundable tax credit on specified expenditures incurred with respect to eligible apprentices
  • For businesses with total payroll costs not exceeding $400,000, the tax credit rate is increased to 30 per cent
  • Over the first 36 months of the apprenticeship, employers are eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per year for each eligible apprentice to a  maximum of $15,000

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

  • Apprentices may qualify for a federal non-refundable tax credit equal to 10 per cent of the eligible salaries and wages
  • The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice

Apprenticeship Scholarship / Employer Signing Bonus

  • Young persons 16 to 24 years of age may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship upon completion of upgrading and subsequent registration in an  apprenticeship
  • Employers that support a scholarship candidate’s registration and that provide a minimum of six months training may be eligible for a $2,000 signing bonus

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

  • Wage subsidies are offered to eligible employers to offset the cost of initial stages of apprenticeship employment

Graduate Transitions Tax Credit

  • Provided by the Ontario government, this tax credit encourages businesses to provide work opportunities to unemployed postsecondary graduates
  • The maximum tax credit is $4,000 for each postsecondary graduate hired and may be claimed when the employee has worked for a minimum of six months


  • Training incentives are available for eligible employers providing individual employees with work-related training and development leading to competency in performing full job responsibilities
  • Incentives offset training costs and encourage retention of program participants following placement completion

Government programs

Small Business Internship Program

  • The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) is a funding opportunity, providing small and medium-sized businesses (< 500 employees) financial support to hire a post-secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of information and communications technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness.
  • For more information please visit

Co-operative education/intership definition

Georgian College is a member of the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE), and Education at Work Ontario (EWO)  and abides by their definition and code of ethics.

Co-operative Education is defined as a program that formally integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience in co-operative employer organizations. The usual co-op model followed is for students to alternate periods of work experience and academic study in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions according to the following criteria:

  • Each work situation is developed and/or approved by the Co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning  situation
  • The student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing
  • The student receives remuneration for the work performed
  • The institution monitors the student’s progress on the job
  • The student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer
  • The total work experience is normally fifty percent (50%) of the time spent in academic study and in no circumstances less than thirty percent (30%).

Internship is an extended period of paid work experience that is an integral part of a program of post-secondary study. Students are employed in settings which provide work experience directly related to their academic programs and career objectives.


Co-operative Education and  Career Success and Georgian College has a commitment to its students that, while engaged in college related activities on and off campus the student shall be free from harassment or discrimination. If either situation occurs in the workplace, students should be in contact with their Co-operative Education and Career Success consultant immediately. Safety issues or any expectations to engage in any behaviour or action, which may prove a risk to the student, should be brought to the attention of your Consultant without delay.


The co-operative education and internship programs at Georgian College are a partnership between our students, theemployers and Georgian College.

The following CAFCE Recruiting Ethics are a requirement for all parties to adhere to and apply in conjunction with the procedures of Co-operative Education/Internship at Georgian College.

It is the students’ responsibility to:

– Abide by the policies/procedures of their institution
– Ensure that employers are provided with accurate and appropriate requested information regarding their qualifications and interests
– Apply only for the jobs in which they have a genuine interest
– Notify the consultant, in advance, if interviews must be rescheduled or cancelled
– Be prepared for interviews
– Not discuss/mislead employers about their job offer intentions
– Not provide information to employers on other students/employers
– Honour their acceptance of employment as a contractual agreement with the employer
– Honour their employers’ relocation policy (if applicable)
– Respect the policies of employers regarding confidential/proprietary information
– Not request a work term be turned into a full-time position

It is the employers’ responsibility to:

– Respect the institution’s schedules regarding job postings, interview arrangements, job offers, etc
– Provide the institution with accurate job posting information including salary and relocation
– Provide reasonable notice of candidates to be interviewed and of interview cancellations
– Be informed and adhere to the work term policies and procedures of each institution
– Not discuss job offers with candidates before, during or following an interview
– Not provide candidates with information on other companies
– Not seek a candidate’s assessment of another candidate
– Provide offers (where applicable) in accordance with institutions’ published schedules
– Not submit/make multiple job offers unless prepared to accept multiple acceptances
– Honour all job/student offers (where applicable) and not renege accepted offers nor rescind offers of employment
confirm all job offers in writing
– Not transform a Co-op/Internship assignment into a full-time position encouraging a student leave their program of study
– Not expect institutions to recruit students on their behalf
– Comply with all Provincial and Federal Freedom of Information, Human Rights, and Employment Legislation

It is the institutions’ responsibility to:

– Inform students, employers and other interested parties of their policies and procedures
– Provide equal services to all students and employers
– Accommodate employers’ reasonable requests for job posting, interview space and presentation facilities
– Provide students with accurate information on all recruiting employers
– Follow ethical and legal guidelines in providing student information to employers
– Notify the employer of any hiring limitations prior to them conducting interviews
– Notify employers of any students who, after being hired, do not achieve an academic level high enough to allow them to continue in the program
– Comply with all Provincial and Federal Freedom of Information, Human Rights, and Employment Legislation.

For further information contact

Add your company’s information to our employer database for future job fair and recruitment events.


Phone: 705.728.1968 ext. 1340

Graduate job postings

Are you about to graduate or already a graduate? View graduate jobs here. (You’ll need to register for an account.)

Graduate services

We offer these services to grads:

  • Resumé check-up – Make your resumé the marketing tool it needs to be. We will assist you in creating a professional, updated resumé that’s ready for the job market. See what your competition is doing to be successful in their job search.
  • Portfolio development – Need to update your existing one or create a new one? Portfolios are quickly becoming an essential self marketing tool. They add to your credibility and build confidence. As you advance in your career or change it, your portfolio needs to reflect your accomplishments and successes.
  • Job search strategies – We can show you how to take advantage of all the different techniques to find a job. Be in the know when it comes to the hidden job market and labour market information. Why not set up a mock interview to practise and build confidence in you interview skills?
  • Career planning – Rethinking your career goals? We can administer a variety of career assessments and help you work with the results to explore career choices that match your interests, personality type, abilities and values.

Contact Co-operative Education and Career Success at 705.728.1968, ext. 1340 (B110, Barrie Campus).

To view Graduate and Alumni postings, visit and “Register for an Account.”


  • One-on-one career planning utilizing career assessments including: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS,  TypeFocus
  • Job Search Skills include: resume and cover letter development, interview prep and mock interviews
  • Provide fee for service to community clients (career planning only)
  • Workplace transition services with a focus on clients who face barriers to employment
  • Graduate employment statistics and labour market information
  • Career and employment preparation services
All Services available in B110, Barrie Campus

 For information contact (705) 728-1968 ext. 1340 or

International students are successful in co-ops too!

Many international students choose to study here at Georgian College because we have a long history of delivering work-integrated learning.

All of Georgian’s co-op programs require students – including international students – to complete successful co-op work terms in order to graduate. This means a student in a three year co-op program actually will have completed two years of academic study, along with one year work experience, when they graduate.

Having the opportunity to gain industry-related work experience often leads to better opportunities upon completion of the program.


Yes, all international students are required to have the appropriate work authorization in order to work in Canada.

It is a good idea to apply for the co-op work permit about four months before your co-op or internship work term. There is no additional fee for this work permit since co-op is a mandatory component of the program. Staff in Georgian’s International Centre (C279) will guide you through the process.

The co-op work permit allows students to work co-op/internship jobs only and cannot be used for any other type of work. For further information, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

You will also need to apply for a social insurance number (SIN) in order to legally work in Canada.

Everyone has to start somewhere! While some employers may prefer to hire candidates with experience, many employers realize that not everyone comes with industry-related experience.

There are other ways to gain experience and build a resumé. Co-operative Education and Career Success staff can help you with your resumé and cover letters.

Georgian is the only College or university across Canada that has an international co-op consultant. The International co-op consultant is here to provide extra supports to international students in any job search related activity. These supports include extra assistance in understanding employment in Canada, understanding employer expectations, Canadian resumes, cover letters and interviews, one-to-one job search assistance, specialized workshops and personal coaching.  All students in a co-op program will work very closely with the co-op consultant for their program area and will have access to our online system for co-op job postings and to our services in Co-operative Education and Career Success. Students are expected to manage their time and commitments and ask for help, so be proactive and get connected – use the services and plan ahead! The international co-op consultant’s office is located in B110.  Stop by or call 705.728.1968 ext 1340 to book an apt.

The idea behind co-op is to give students the opportunity to gain real life work experience in their industry and are expected to be treated like any other employee at the company, so yes, co-op work terms are paid.  Students will typically earn anywhere from $10.25 per hour to $22 per hour, depending on the industry, the company, the location and the qualifications of the student.  Students are encouraged to consider far more than just the wage they will be earning.  When applying to jobs, think about the type of company, the experience you’ll gain, your long term career goals, and how you will get to and from work each day or where you’re going to live…. All of these are factors when conducting a realistic job search.

Yes, international students in a post-secondary program are permitted to work on-campus or part-time off-campus up to 20 hours per week. Your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.


To qualify, you must:

  • have a valid study permit,
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level,
  • be a full-time student and,
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.


For additional information regarding off-campus work please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada- off campus work website.

Services are available through Co-operative Education and Career Success for students who are looking for part-time employment.

Build a resumé and be open to making changes to it once you get here and start your job search. If you have previous work experience, consider contacting the employer(s) and asking them to write a reference letter for you. It should include information about the type of work you did in your position and how the employer felt about your performance. This letter should be typed on company letterhead and signed by a manager, supervisor or someone in a senior level role.

You may also want to build a portfolio (a collection of achievements and job search-related things to demonstrate your career to a prospective employer). This may be a binder, folder or other package and contain things such as awards, certificates, copies of other diplomas, certificates, reference letters, examples of your work or things that you have created or achieved.

Another suggestion is to be prepared to obtain an Ontario driver’s licence. While it is not mandatory, employers will often request that students have a valid Ontario driver’s licence. Ontario operates under a graduated licensing system which lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete.  For more information, visit the Ministry of Transportation.

Yes. Georgian College works with employers to create opportunities for Georgian students and graduates across the province, nationally and internationally.

While we do post some jobs that are local to the Barrie Campus, you should be prepared to relocate for your co-op job, as employers can be located anywhere.

While many of the opportunities we promote are local, some students find work in places like Barrie, Orillia, Midhurst, Innisfil, Muskoka, Midland, Borden, Newmarket, Bradford, Collingwood, Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Brampton, Guelph, Kitchener, Sudbury, North Bay, London or in other provinces or even in other countries. Some international students may choose to return home for a co-op work term.

No. No student is guaranteed a co-op job, but as long as you remain in good standing and are eligible for a co-op work term, then you will have access to all the resources needed to be successful in a co-op program.

Georgian’s co-op consultants work hard building and maintaining relationships with employers who hire co-ops, interns, graduates and students for a variety of types of work. We expect students to go to their co-op classes and use the services available in order to compete and interview for positions with employers that post with Georgian College.

Students are also strongly encouraged to conduct independent job searches. Be sure to take advantage of the many services available to you through Co-operative Education and Career Success.

Georgian College works with thousands of employers to provide opportunities to thousands of students. You may end up working for a major corporation, a small business or you may even consider starting a company of your own as an entrepreneur. The possibilities are endless.

If you are an international student and have questions about co-op, internships, graduate work or simply employment in Canada, contact Joanne Foxton, International Co-op Consultant or Co-operative Education and Career Success.

Tips for parents/guardians coaching teens

The workplace of today

Most of Canada’s youth today are likely to experience:

  • An average of 17 employment transitions in their working lifetime
  • A variety of occupations in up to five different sectors of the economy
  • A variety of concurrent work roles (multi-tasking)
  • Planned and unplanned gaps of no work

The career planning cycle:  A road map for teens

  • Get to know yourself: Find out your interests, values, personality, skills, assets and resources
  • Explore possibilities: Research, try things out, narrow down your choices and find the best fit
  • Make a choice: Develop a plan and set career goals that will take you where you want to go
  • Make it happen: Put your plan into action – learning along the way and achieving your goals


Want to be a good career coach for your teen? Here are some tips to help you:

1. Keep current

2. Talk to your teen

  • Talk to your teen about their interests, discuss career choices and interests at the kitchen table, talk in the car – ask about interests and activities
  • Consider volunteering together
  • Make a list of occupations and explore them together
  • Clip out career-related articles – post them on the fridge and discuss
  • Use music, books, websites, movies, TV shows, sports and other areas of interests to generate discussion

3.  Be a good role model

  • Share your knowledge, talk about your positive work experiences
  • Let your teen see that life is a combination of hard work and enjoyment
  • Continue to learn yourself – try new things to demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning and skill development
  • Share your own mistakes and discuss how you learned from them

4.  Get help

  • Turn to others for support (your allies)
  • You can find allies among the people who play a major role in your teens’ life – coaches, teachers, guidance counsellors, friends, family, elders, religious or community leaders, or even other parents

Co-operative Education and Career Success contacts

Barrie Campus: 705.728.1968 (extensions listed below)

Co-operative Education and Career Success: 705.728.1968, ext. 1340

Barrie fax #’s begin with 722

Orillia Campus: 705.325.2740

Owen Sound Campus: 519.376.0840 ext. 2043

Are you an employer looking for help in growing your labour force beyond Georgian College programs? Visit our Career and Employment Community Services page.


Megan Fenton, Manager

Room B110D, ext. 5277, fax 1540

Tracey Tessier, Administrative Assistant

Room B110E, ext 1335, fax 1540

Doris Trei,  Customer Service Representative

Room B110, ext 1340, fax 1540

Marnie Ragot, Data Resource Specialist

Room B110FF, ext 1494 , fax 1540

Sandra Gualtieri, Data Resource Specialist

Room B110FF, ext 1646, fax 1540

Darlene Tomkins, Customer Service Representative

Room A122aa (Owen Sound), ext 2014, fax 519.376.5395

Career Services

Joanne Foxton, International Co-op Consultant

Room B110F, ext 1042, fax 1540

Audrey Taylor, Career Consultant – Graduate/Workplace Transition

Room B110A1, et 5271, fax 1540

Lisa Cartaginese, Career Consultant

Room B110C, ext 1652, fax 1540

Pat Roberts, Career Consultant / Student/Employer Development – Research Analyst (Internship)

Room B110G, ext 1226, fax 1540

Kelley Evans, Career Consultant

Room A200 (Orillia), ext 3113, fax 705.329.3106

Megan Braithwaite, Career Advisor / Student Development

Room A122aa (Owen Sound), ext 2640, fax 705.372.3216

Program areas

Aviation Management; Computer and Network Systems Security; Computer Programmer; Computer Programmer Analyst; Computer Systems Technician -Networking; Interactive Web Design and Development; Museum and Gallery Studies

Student development

Rita Pittman

Room B110A, ext 5268, fax 1540

Employer development

Jodi Derrick

Room B125C, ext 1493, fax 5104

Architectural Technician; Architectural Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Construction; Civil Engineering Technology; Environmental Technician; Environmental Technology; Heating, Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Technician; Interior Design Degree Bridge

Stan Ryba,

Room B110DD, ext 5263, fax 1540

Maureen Koski

Room A143M, ext 1072, fax 5151

Electrical Engineering Technician; Electrical Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing; Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Products Design; Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills

Emily Grills

Room B110CC, ext 1065, fax 1540

Cheryl Partridge

Room A143M, ext 5281, fax 5151

Business; Business Accounting; Business Administration; Business Administration – Accounting; Opticianry

Lee Wilford

Room B110EE, ext 5269, fax 1540

Nick O’Connell

Room H204, ext 1132, fax 1540

Business/Automotive/Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

Automotive Business; Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management); Business Administration – Human Resources; Business Marketing; Human Resource Management; International Business Management

Christine Munro

Room B110B, ext 5278, fax 1540

June Martin

Room H1288,  ext 1049, fax 5172

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management); Culinary Management; Golf Facilities Operations Management; Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort; Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort; Recreation and Leisure Services; Snow Resort Fundamentals; Snow Resort Operations; Tourism and Travel

Lona Collison

Room B1100BB, ext 5261, fax 1540

John Daggett

Room E121O, ext 1390, fax 5135


Aboriginal Community and Social Development

Student/employer development

Michele O’Brien

Room M137, ext 1326, fax 1527 michele.o’

Owen Sound

Business; Culinary Management; Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician; Marine Engineering Technician; Marine Engineering Technology; Marine Technology-Navigation; Power Engineering Technician; Power Engineering Technology

Student/employer development

Lise Mollon

Room A103B, ext 2062, fax 519.376.5395


Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Student/employer development

Suzanne Kettle

Room 214, ext 3215, fax 705.835.3834

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