Learn about how you can work with Capilano University students.

Student at Tourism Management co-op
A CapU student in their Global Hospitality & Tourism Management co-op.

Boost your business with top talent from CapU

Our creative students have fresh ideas and diverse perspectives. You can work with a group of students on a project or add a CapU student to your team.

If you are looking to work with CapU students, the best time to get started is today.

You can work with our students for anywhere up to 6 months

Working with CapU students can be flexible. You can work with a group of students on a project over a term, or you can hire a practicum student for even longer. If you are hoping to work with students as a co-op or internship, these opportunities usually last four to six months.

Contact us at least one month in advance

You can contact us anytime throughout the year, but if you hope to take on a student for a specific academic term, we encourage you to contact us at least one month in advance.

There are three terms each year at CapU:

  • Fall term: September to December
  • Spring term: January to April
  • Summer term: May to July


If you want to take on a student for the Spring term co-op or work experience, you should consider sending us the job description in November. This can ensure both sides have enough time for the job application, interview preparation and post-interview document preparation.

Likewise, if you want groups of students to work on your organizational needs, please submit your project idea at least one month before the semester starts, as instructors need to integrate the project outline into the course syllabus and finalize it before the term begins.

Come to us with a clear idea of your needs

Ideally, before you come to us, you have a good idea of what you are looking for and know what you need from the student/s.

Some questions to consider:

  • Is the work-integrated learning experience intended for an entire class, a small group of students, or just one student?
  • What’s the time commitment for the student?
  • Will the opportunity be paid, or unpaid? 
  • Do you have specific requirements for the students?

Be prepared to invest some time in working with students

Our community partners get good work from our students in exchange for opportunities to learn and develop.

Depending on the project's complexity and how involved you would like to be, time is always required to work with students.

If you would like to work with students on a group project:

  • 4-8 hours to prepare the opportunity;
  • A few hours to meet students and present the challenge;
  • A few hours to review the student's work in progress; and
  • A few hours to see final presentations of work.

If you are looking to take on a student as a member of your team:

  • Time to create a job listing;
  • Narrowing down applications;
  • Interviewing students;
  • Training the student; and
  • Check-ins throughout the project to ensure both parties are getting value.

Students are not just an affordable addition to the workplace, they may need extra guidance. 

Work in-person or remotely

COVID-19 has changed the way we all work. Some opportunities can now be conducted remotely, whereas some still need to be in-person. There is added flexibility now with placement length and student location.

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