The University of Waterloo has a global network of over 7,100 employers in more than 65 countries who host work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities through our world-leading co-operative education program and EDGE, our experiential learning certificate program. We’ve compiled the key questions our employers ask to when they want to enhance how they recruit and hire talented students.
Step 1: Decide if WIL is right for you
- Why should I hire a WIL student?
- What are the different types of WIL?
- What type of WIL is right for me?
- How could WIL help me build a talent pipeline?
- How much time/work does it take to be a WIL employer?
- What are the responsibilities of a WIL supervisor?
- What are the benefits to participating in WIL?
- What kind of support/funding is available?
- How can start-ups and small businesses compete with larger companies?
Step 2: Connect with an institution partner
Step 3: Design your WIL experience
- What kind of contribution can a student make to my organization?
- What skill or experience level can I expect from a WIL student?
- What kind of work do WIL students want to be involved in?
- What logistics do I need to consider when designing a position?
- How can I design a position that is inclusive and accessible?
Step 4: Begin the recruiting process
Step 5: Select a candidate
- Who should I interview?
- Are there any interview best practices I should follow?
- What differences can I expect when interviewing a WIL student?
- How do I compare and evaluate candidates?
- How should I evaluate the résumé of a student who might not have much experience?
- How do I make a final decision?