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 placements 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. Contact with leading-edge faculty and researchers in the UBC School of Kinesiology.
  5. 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


The School of Kinesiology at UBC attracts the brightest students from around the world. With an entrance GPA cut-off of over 85% 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 socio-cultural analysis of sport, 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: Active Health, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Motor Behaviour, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Leisure and Sport in Society, Health Policy and Society, Exercise Physiology, Physical Growth and Motor Development and complementary study electives.

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

  1. Kinesiology and Health Science – Prepares students for advanced studies in human movement science, health and fitness and for future certification and work as a kinesiologist
  2. Leadership Education for Physical Activity, Sport and Health – Prepares students to teach sports, physical activity and active health in public and private agencies
  3. Interdisciplinary Studies – Enables students to custom design their own program of studies by drawing on the diverse course offerings in human kinetics.

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 the same as they would be for any temporary employee. But you’re not in it alone. Our co-op coordinator 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.


To ensure both you and our students are getting the most of the co-operative education experience, our co-op coordinator will set up an onsite evaluation or phone conference with you for feedback during each four or eight-month co-op work term.


You will be asked to complete an evaluation of the student’s performance nearing the completion of the work term and discuss the results with the student. Your evaluation will comprise 50% of the student’s grade for the work term.

“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

  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, fax or post it directly online. 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 View student applications including cover letters, résumés and transcripts directly online after the job posting closing date. Student applications can also be made available to you via e-mail, fax or courier.
  4. Interview our students After screening the résumés, 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 UBC’s Vancouver campus, off-site, or via telephone. Co-op staff will organize all interviews and forward an interview schedule to you.
  5. Rank our candidates Following the interview process, choose the students you feel are appropriate for the position and rank them numerically in order of preference.
  6. Reach an employment match The School of Kinesiology Co-op Office will match your top choices with student rankings and confirm placement.
  7. Submit an Offer Letter to the Co-op Program The UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program requests that once you have hired a student, a formal Offer Letter from your company be sent to the Co-op Office (
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