Co-op Students

Why work for Island Health?

Island Health has been named a top employer numerous times! As the largest employer on Vancouver Island, working for Island Health is a great way to kick-start a professional career in health care.

Our Co-op Student Placement Program for non-clinical students provides dynamic work environments in which students work with managers to create personalized learning objectives. Our objective is to incorporate each student’s academic knowledge into hands-on learning opportunities in varied work environments.

We are always looking for new talent!

Explore Opportunities

Visit VI-Hire Quick Job Search and select "Student/Summer Positions" in the categories section. Set up a profile and create a Search Agent to receive automatic notification emails of new job postings you may be interested in. 

You can also regularly review co-op work opportunities on your school website.

Salary & Relocation

Salary information for individual co-op opportunities can be found on the job opportunity posting. Generally the salary is posted as a range. Where the successful candidate is placed in that range will be based on previous work experience and education level (e.g. certificate vs. bachelor's degree, vs. master's degree).

Relocation assistance is sometimes available at the discretion of the hiring manager. This should be discussed at the time of interview. 

Apply for Work

It is important that your resume stands out against the many thousands of resumes that Island Health receives. Use our Resume and Cover letter Tips document to learn how to make your resume stand out.

Hiring Process

The hiring process may vary depending on the individual manager and the position but generally follows these steps:

1. manager screens applications
2. shortlisted candidates are contacted and interviewed
3. preferred candidates have references checked
4. job offer is made to the preferred candidate


If you are shortlisted for a co-op opportunity, please consult our Interview Tips and Tricks document to learn how best to prepare for and present yourself during the interview.

Depending on the location of the student and individual preferences, the interviews will take place at an Island Health facility or the hiring manager may arrange a video or phone interview with candidates.