Co-op for Employers

School of Kinesiology Co-op students make immediate and noticeable contributions to companies and agencies throughout British Columbia, Canada and the world. As any of our current employers will tell you, it only takes a day’s work to convince you that a co-op students’ contributions are immediate and tangible to your business goals. It’s not just employers who benefit from the co-op program; co-op work terms help our students walk away with experiences and skills that enrich their university education and better prepare them for the workforce.

At a glance, your added benefits of hiring our students include:

  1. A cost-effective investment that provides both a short-term infusion of talent and the long-term opportunity to hire potential full-time employees.
  2. Access to pre-screened, high-achieving students who are available for four- or eight-month work terms beginning in January, May or September.
  3. Personalized human resources support from professional co-op staff who know their students.
  4. Mentorship opportunities to the next generation of leaders in kinesiology.


“Having this type of hands-on practical learning experience is invaluable to any student looking to develop real professional skills, on the job. It was the missing piece in an already great post-secondary education.”
Chris Rich, HKIN Alum, on his work experience at the VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health

Co-op for Employers

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The School of Kinesiology at UBC attracts the brightest students from around the world. With an entrance GPA cut-off of over 88% out of high school, the School of Kinesiology accepts only 10% of the students that apply each year.

Our faculty members are more than great teachers; they are top scholars in their fields, conducting leading research in a broad range of areas relating to human movement, the body, sport, physical activity, exercise and health. For example, Kinesiology faculty members are known internationally for their work on neuromuscular function, cardio-pulmonary adaptation and fitness, motor skill acquisition and expert performance, coaching effectiveness, exercise interventions for clinical populations, community program development and sociocultural analysis of sport, and the body and aging.

You can find our graduates working in health promotion organizations, in community recreation centres, in rehabilitation centres, and in professional sport and sport marketing organizations around the world.

Foundations for success

Before they commence their first co-op work-term, all co-op students complete two years of core studies in kinesiology, which cover the fundamentals of human movement behaviour and provides them with the rich background they need to make a difference in your workplace. These core curriculum courses include: Anatomy and Physiology; Health and Exercise Management; Sport and Exercise Psychology; Leisure and Sport in Society; Research Methods in Kinesiology; Statistics in Kinesiology; Human Motor Behaviour; Biomechanics; Nutrition, Health, and Physical Activity; Health Policy and Society; and complementary study electives.

After completion of the core courses, students choose one of three streams of specialization:

  1. Neuromechanical and Physiological Sciences – Explores human structure and function responsible for movement; from the physiological, neural, mechanical, and behavioural mechanisms and their interactions, to how these components affect and are affected by factors such as physical activity, aging, and disease
  2. Social and Behavioural Sciences – Examines psychosocial, historical, and cultural understanding of sport, physical activity, and health behaviour and its impact on individuals and within societies.
  3. Multidisciplinary Studies – Enables students to custom design their own program of studies from the mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and pedagogical branches of kinesiology, thereby creating a cross-disciplinary program of study.

In addition to sound academic preparation, co-op students receive pre-employment training, develop job search skills and are educated in ethics and confidentiality in the workplace. This comprehensive approach ensures they are prepared with the professional as well as the academic skills you expect.

As a co-op employer, your responsibilities are similar to what they would be for any temporary employee. However, with the Co-op Program, you have the added benefit of the services of our Co-op Coordinator, who will work with you to monitor and evaluate students’ progress every step of the way.


Even the most qualified students require supervision and direction. The work duties, assignment or project and your personal supervisory style will dictate the appropriate level.


Our Co-op Coordinator will set up an onsite visit or virtual conference for feedback with you and the student midway through each four-month term, to ensure both you and the student are maximizing the co-op experience.


Hiring a co-op student is your opportunity to mentor and train the next generation of leading minds in applied health. Co-op jobs are often a student’s first work experience in the field so your leadership will have a lasting impact on their career development for years to come.


Near the end of the work term, you will complete an evaluation of the student’s performance and discuss the results with the student.

“UBC HKIN students have stepped into our fast-paced work environment with many of the skills needed to make an immediate contribution. They have gained experience working in various aspects of the business and each have completed a major project that was part of our annual business plan. Each year the students’ contribution to our business has been significant enough that we have kept them on as employees.”
Andrew Clark, Former V.P of Twist Conditioning Inc

Hiring a Student:

In 2020, our accreditation association (CEWIL) approved a reduced requirement to accommodate shorter work terms during the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEWIL has determined that we will transition back to the regular 420 hour requirement for the Summer 2021 term. If you have concerns about returning to the 420-hour minimum at this time, please contact Simone Longpré at

UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program Information

UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program Position Criteria

UBC Kinesiology Co-op Employer Job Posting Instructions


Evaluating a Student During their Work Term:

UBC KIN Co-op Employer Evaluation of Work Term Report

UBC KIN Co-op Employer Evaluation of Work Term Presentation

  1. Contact Us To begin the hiring process, contact the School of Kinesiology Co-op Office at 604-822-4794 or by e-mail at
  2. Provide a job description Send us your job description via e-mail or post it directly online using the instructions above. Job descriptions should include information about your company, details about the work the student will do and required skills and abilities needed for job success.
  3. Review pre-screened candidates Student applications including cover letters, resumes, and transcripts (if requested) will be emailed to you after the job posting closing date.
  4. Interview our students After screening the resumes, select the candidates you wish to interview and contact us to arrange a convenient date, time, and location for the interviews. You may choose to conduct interviews at your workplace, or via telephone or videoconference. Co-op staff can assist in scheduling interviews and forward an interview schedule to you.
  5. Select your preferred candidate Following the interview process, contact the Co-op Office to offer the position to the student you feel is most appropriate.

Students typically follow the work term schedule below.

Bachelor of Kinesiology FALL (Sept-Dec) WINTER (Jan-Apr) SUMMER (May-Aug)
Year 1 Study Study Vacation
Year 2 (Junior) Study Study 4-month work term #1
Year 3 (Intermediate) 4-month work term #2 Study 4-month work term #3
Year 4 (Senior) Study 4-month work term #4 4-month work term #5
Year 5 Study Study Ready to work!