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 a few months in advance

We need to integrate industry projects with our course syllabi. These need to be finalized before term begins.

You can contact us anytime throughout the year, but if you hope to take on a student for a Fall term co-op, this is best planned in May-June. There are three terms each year at CapU:

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

Come to us with a clear idea of your project

Ideally, before you come to us, you have a good idea of what you are looking for, knowing what you need from the student/s. Here are some important questions to consider:

  • Is the project intended for an entire class, a small group of students, or just one student?
  • Do you have specific requirements for the students?
  • Will the opportunity be paid, or unpaid? 

Our industry partners get good work from our students in exchange for opportunities to learn and develop. Students may need extra guidance, they’re not just an affordable addition to the workplace.

Be prepared to invest some time in working with students

It depends on the complexity of the project and how involved you would like to be, but there is always time 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 students' 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 of a job listing;
  • Narrowing down applications;
  • Interviewing students;
  • Training the student; and
  • Check-ins throughout the project to ensure both parties are getting value.

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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