Funding available for Brock units to hire international co-op students

With funding assistance from Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education team, experienced international students are hoping to virtually bring their talents to units across the University this winter.

International students are facing significant obstacles in finding employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Co-op Education is offering to subsidize the cost of hiring Master of Business Administration — International Student Pathway (MBA-ISP) students for co-op work terms beginning immediately. The subsidy, available to units across the University, will cover 75 per cent of a student’s wage cost, up to $5,000.

As they near the end of their degrees, the MBA-ISP students are prepared to take on virtual projects and tasks in areas of data analytics and reporting, financial reporting, marketing and general management. All students are available to start right away to complete a 10-to-12-week full-time co-op work term.

Julia Zhu, Brock’s Associate Director of Co-op Education, said the chance for units across the University to partner with co-op students is a win-win.

“Many international students decided to take advantage of co-op programs to help them launch their career in Canada and Brock has always been a preferred employer of choice among all co-op students,” she said. “We are thrilled to help these students reach their career goals while simultaneously supporting the Brock community.”

Zhu hopes units will act quickly to take advantage of the short-term benefits a co-op student can bring, with funding being disseminated on a first-come, first-served basis.

“They are ready to hit the ground running and can provide a fresh set of eyes on projects of any type,” she said. “These are highly trained graduate students who are nearing the end of a sought-after degree that can be an asset to any department.”

Upon successful completion of the work term requirements, wage subsidies will be transferred internally to the respective cost centre in time for the budget year-end.

For more details on hiring subsidized MBA-ISP students, please contact Zhu at

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