co-op students and summer interns

Students are important to us. We provide outstanding learning and professional-development opportunities to co-op students and summer interns. We allow students to put their knowledge into practice – no matter what area of the business – and to work alongside the best and the brightest in the industry.

We recruit about 200 talented students each year from a variety of academic backgrounds, who are given opportunities to work on initiatives that help support Ontario Teachers' mission and global success. Our co-op terms run three times a year, typically for four-month terms. Students get valuable career experience to put on their resume and see the inner workings of one of Canada's most innovative and successful pension plans.

Junyi Dai Co-op Student

Ontario Teachers' offers students great learning and development opportunities through the mentorship program. I was able to expand both my technical and soft skills. The company has a positive and supporting work environment that encourages collaboration with team members and fellow co-op peers.

– Junyi Dai Co-op Student, Investment IT (2015) University of Toronto 

Patrick Polkowski Co-op Student

Ontario Teachers' offers a one-of-a–kind experience. You'll get the whole experience when you come. You get to learn everything about what you want to do. People are so friendly and welcoming. They want you to grow professionally. You can always turn to people and that makes it so much easier to adjust and find your success.

– Patrick Polkowski Co-op Student, Investment Finance Operations (2015) Laurier University

Our student recruiting process

We look for students who are innovative and adaptable and who thrive in a culture built upon collaboration. If this sounds like you, join other co-op students and summer interns from top post-secondary institutions and get ready for hands-on experience.

We post our co-op and summer internship positions – for programs such as business, math, engineering, computer science and arts – at post-secondary career centres approximately four months in advance of the start of the work term.

More information about our program can be found by visiting our frequently asked questions section below.

Frequently asked questions

1. Who is eligible for intern positions?

To be eligible for an intern position, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, masters or Ph.D. program
  • Returning to school at the end of the internship
  • Eligible to work in Canada

2. What do you look for in a student?

  • Interest in the pension industry
  • Inquisitive with a desire to learn, ask questions and solve meaningful problems
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated academic achievement
  • Previous work experience (if applicable)

3. What is the application process?

Our internship positions are advertised at university/college career centres and on our company website approximately four months prior to the start of the work term. All students are required to submit an application on our website. Contact your career centre for any additional questions on how to apply.

4. What terms do you hire for?

We hire students in three cycles: fall, winter and spring. Students typically complete four or eight-month placements. Occasionally we have longer internships available, lasting from 12 to 16 months, but these depend on the availability of the student as well as business needs.

5. What are the recruitment timelines?

We recruit in accordance with the timelines set out by each school. As a general guide, we hire students according to the following timeline:

  • For the winter term, we accept resumes in September and send offers in October/November. Placements begin in early January.
  • For the summer term, we accept resumes in January and send offers in February/March and placements begin in early May.
  • For the fall term, we accept resumes in May and send offers in June/July. Placements begin in early September.

6. Do you hire graduate students?

Yes, we hire graduate students from various masters programs such as business, science, math and finance-focused programs for four to eight month work terms.

7. Do you re-hire previous interns?

Yes we do. As long as the student is available for the work term, we are able to re-hire into one of our open intern positions.

8. Can my work term be extended?

In most cases, yes! The option may be discussed between the intern and their manager and if the intern is available and interested, they can work for an additional amount of time. If they are part of a co-op term, a further discussion may need to take place with the school to ensure they are allowed to work the extra months.

9. How many students do you hire every year?

We hire more than 200 interns from arts, business, engineering, IT, math and science programs.

10. What areas do you hire students in?

Students are hired to work in our Finance, Investments, IT, Member Services, Enterprise Operations, People & Culture, and Strategy & Risk divisions.

11. Where do interviews take place?

Interviews take place on site in one of our offices in Toronto, London or Hong Kong as well as on campus or through alternate arrangements (Skype or phone).

12. Will Ontario Teachers' pay for relocation and/or living expenses?

Students are responsible for making their own living arrangements. All expenses are to be paid by the student.

13. How much are students paid? Do you offer benefits?

Interns are offered a competitive salary based on an hourly rate (paid bi-weekly), but they are not eligible to receive benefits.

14. What are some of the perks provided to Interns?

Interns have the opportunity to participate in a first-day orientation, networking events throughout the work term, departmental activities, charity events and our "what we do" series where they learn more about how other departments operate. Interns may also have the opportunity to work on additional special projects during their work term.