COVID-19 Co-op Student FAQ (last updated January 17, 2022)

Vaccination and your co-op work term

All Carleton co-op students on work terms are required to follow Carleton University’s vaccination policy. In addition, you are required to follow the vaccination policy and health and safety measures set out by your employer, as applicable.

What if my work term is remote/online? Does Carleton’s vaccination policy apply to me?

Yes, all Carleton co-op students on work terms are required to follow the vaccination policy.

You must submit your attestation via cuScreen, even if you are working remotely on your co-op work term. In addition, you are required to follow the vaccination policy set out by your employer, as applicable.

I’m working in another country/province. Does the vaccination policy apply to me?

Yes, you must submit your attestation via cuScreen, even if you are working in another country or province.

Will the Co-op Office share my vaccination status with anyone?

No. Co-op does not have access to your cuScreen information. See the cuScreen Privacy page for further information.

I am applying to a job posting which says that vaccination is mandatory to work with that organization. Should I include this information in my application?

It is up to you whether to disclose your vaccination status in your applications, in an interview, or when asked directly by an employer. Employers may ask that you submit your vaccination documents as a condition of employment. If you are unsure whether you can comply with an employer’s vaccination policy, consider discussing this with the employer at the interview stage.

I’m having difficulty with cuScreen, or I have more questions about the vaccine policy.

Consult the University’s COVID FAQ page for more information specific to cuScreen or the vaccination policy. For questions about your co-op work term, please contact the Co-op Office.

FAQ’s regarding the job search

Will interviews be held in-person or virtually?

Interviews are currently being held virtually, either by phone or video conference.

I am currently in Canada and would like to complete a work term in another country. Is this permitted?

All students who wish to participate in an in-person international work term experience will be responsible for fulfilling a number of requirements which will be outlined to you by the Co-op Office. Be aware that an international work term may be cancelled or postponed at any point in time. Students will be responsible for all costs related to a cancellation. These considerations are outside of Co-op’s control, and are subject to change with little notice.

I currently reside outside of Canada. How does this affect my co-op job search?

It is best to disclose your current location on applications and during interviews. It is suggested that you ask employers about the logistics of returning to Canada for a work term as this process could impact your start date or eligibility for the job. For more information about returning to Canada please visit the ISSO’s website.

Students also have the option of searching for a co-op work term in their home location through a self-directed job search. For more information, please connect with your Co-op Student Advisor.

Are there questions about COVID-19 that I should ask during an interview?

Co-op job postings on mySuccess indicate whether a job is expected to be in-person or remote. Since the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, the employer’s work arrangements may change accordingly. Consider asking some of the following questions related to COVID-19 during your interview:

General questions

  1. Does this position involve working from home and if so, do you anticipate that to be the case throughout the work term?
  2. How will changes be communicated to staff, and how much notice will be provided?

Remote work questions

  1. What does the onboarding and training process look like for remote workers?
  2. Is there specific equipment that is needed and is this provided?
  3. Is it possible to complete the work term from my current location (if you are currently outside of Canada)?

In-person work

  1. What safety measures have been put in place to ensure staff safety?
  2. If an employee shows signs or tests positive for COVID-19 what measures are put in place to protect staff?
  3. What are the considerations and logistics of returning to Canada to complete this work term (if you are outside of Canada)? Does this affect the start date?

FAQs regarding the work term:

Will co-op positions be in-person or virtual?
While many positions have the option for students to work remotely some will require in-person work. Please read the job description carefully before applying to a position and consider asking specific questions about the nature of the work during your interview.

Is it possible that my employer could require me to come into the office?
It is possible that your employer may look to have employees return to the workplace. Ideally, you should receive notice about this change and have the opportunity to discuss this with your supervisor. You are also able to connect with your Co-op Student Advisor should you have any questions or concerns.

What questions should I ask my employer before starting to work in-person?

What safety protocols have been put in place to ensure that all public health guidelines are being followed?

Do I have the option of working remotely if I’m not comfortable with working onsite?

What do I do if I become ill or am exposed to someone with symptoms or who tests positive for COVID-19?

Who is the lead person regarding COVID-19 protocols in my workplace?

What if there is a COVID-19 case on my worksite?
Please inform your Co-op Student Advisor and follow the advice of Ottawa Public Health. Your health is of primary importance.