34 Effective Collaboration Across Student/Employer Co-op Teams


Caroline Lodge & Theresa Myra, Dalhousie University

What are the benefits and challenges of a co-op model with separate student and employer teams? What are the best practices for collaboration to ensure clear and effective services for all stakeholders (staff, student and employers)? This presentation will explore how both teams can interact more effectively to increase successful outcomes for the student’s work term and the program.



Caroline Lodge, Dalhousie University
Caroline is a Student Development Coordinator with Science, IT and Engineering Co-op at Dalhousie University. She joined the office in 2014, transitioning from the non-profit sector, where she worked for 8 years helping newcomers to Nova Scotia develop their professional communication skills and become effective job-seekers. Her background in education and adult learning have helped her transition into the post-secondary environment, and provide a foundation for supporting students as they navigate their co-op learning experiences.

Theresa Myra, Dalhousie University
Theresa is currently an Employer Development Coordinator, for the Science, IT and Engineering Co- op program at Dalhousie University. She joined Dalhousie in 2005, and in 2012, became Acting Director of Science Co-op, as we merged our unit with IT and Engineering. Since this time, her focus has been on development new employers for our co-op students and recent graduates as well. She is a key member of JEDI, a Joint Employer Development Initiative at Dalhousie developed to strengthen the work with our colleagues in the other career/co-op units on campus. For the past 8 years, she has been an active member on the CACEE Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee in which she has been active on events in the region, most notably this year’s successful CACEE Atlantic Talent Summit, in which she was responsible for all sponsorship for the event.


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