The placement process – Computer Science

In-town

In each of our three terms, there are two groups of students involved in the program; one group is participating in a work term while the other is on campus for an academic term. During each term, preparations are being made for the upcoming work term as follows:

  • Students engage in preparatory work for the recruitment cycle, such as: resume and cover letter critiques and interview practice sessions.
  • At the beginning of each recruitment cycle, employers are invited to submit their job posting by accessing the University of Manitoba’s career portal – UM Connect.
  • Student applications are submitted through UM Connect and forwarded to the employer by the Co-op Office in one batch after the closing date.
  • Employers screen the applications and identify students for interviews.  Employers have the option to interview students on campus (preferred method) or virtually during a two to three-week period in March, July, and November.  All on-campus interviews are arranged by the Co-op Office while virtual interviews are arranged by the employer.
  • Upon completion of all interviews, students and employers submit their rankings to the Co-op Office.
  • Once all rankings are received and recorded, the Co-op Office begins the matching process based on the principle of lowest sum wins.  The matches are determined by the lowest score combination with a 1-1 ranking being considered an automatic match.
  • Employers and students are notified of the results by email.  Following the placement announcements, employers are required to reach out to their Co-op student hire within 48 hours to initiate the next steps in the hiring process.

Out-of-town

  • Industry is contacted to request and solicit co-op job postings.
  • Students engage in preparatory work for the recruitment cycle, such as: resume and cover letter critiques and interview practice sessions.
  • Co-op positions are posted on an ongoing and continuous basis. Students submit applications through the employer website and/or UM Connect.
  • Employers contact students directly to arrange for virtual interviews.
  • Once employers have made their hiring decision, they are asked to contact the Co-op Office to extend the offer to the student on their behalf. Employers are asked to NOT contact students directly.
  • Students are presented with their offers and will have 48 hours to accept or decline.
  • Once a student has made a placement decision, the Co-op Office will advise the employer. At this point, the placement is deemed final.
  • Employers are required to forward a letter of offer to the student once a placement has been finalized.