Employers gathered at an event at Sheridan's Hazel McCallion campus

Policies & Expectations for Employers

Policies Agreement & Partnership Principles

There are many partners in the cooperative education and internship programs at Sheridan, including students, employers, and the Cooperative Education and Internship Office (CEIO). The success of the program relies upon all parties understanding their responsibilities. It is each participant’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to these established policies and procedures.

  • Co-op Employers are responsible for adhering to the established policies and procedures outlined on the Co-op Employer Accountabilities document.

  • Every effort is made by the CEIO to ensure students have a positive learning experience while on the work term. Sometimes industry trends and employer needs shape posting and placement activity. The CEIO must respond accordingly and so must students’ expectations. Learning comes in many different forms, and it is sometimes a requirement to adjust one’s expectations given market and employer requirements.

    Cooperative education at Sheridan involves a competitive employment process. While the CEIO makes every effort to assist students in gaining employment, there is no guarantee that every student will become employed through the co-op/internship employment process. The CEIO is responsible for the review and approval of co-op/internship job postings, but the CEIO does not assume responsibility for endorsing the companies.

    Job opportunities and hiring

    • Actively develop new co-op opportunities for students through a variety of job development activities and strategies.
    • Secure potential employers and develop job opportunities.
    • Validate job postings as program relevant and suitable for co-op.
    • Assist employers with the recruitment of Sheridan students including sending resumes, scheduling interviews and processing job offers.

    Student support

    • Deliver a co-op and internship preparatory course.
    • Provide professional career guidance for students.
    • Train students in job search and career development skills.
    • Discuss work term options and locations with co-op students.
    • Work with students before, during and after their work terms to help maximize their education and career experience.

    Student grades & records

    • Review student grades against academic standards for admission and participation in co-op.
    • Evaluate work term assignments and input student grades.
    • Maintain co-op and internship student records.


    • Provide support to both student and employer during the work term.
    • Communicate student and industry feedback to Sheridan program faculty.
    • Monitors co-op and internship work terms by checking in with students and employers.

    The Academic School

    The Academic Department is responsible for all academic components of the co-op or degree program. A CEIO Student Advisor works closely with each Academic Program Coordinator to ensure standards are established and relevant information is shared.

    Student Responsibilities

  • During the work term, both the Co-op Student and the Co-op Employer agree to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Any misrepresentation of information or failure to adhere to outlined expectations is a breach of academic integrity at Sheridan and may result in termination of the work term placement.

Employer accessibility toolkit

Learn about the barriers students and alumni face while seeking employment and placement opportunities and how to support them.

Download Sheridan's employer accessibility toolkit

If you require this material in an accessible format or with communication supports, please contact: trafalgar.als@sheridancollege.ca.

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