Business Co-op

Katherine Murphy
Katherine Murphy (business, left) is the General Manager of Nourish, a multi-million dollar local restaurant she helped to nurture during her co-op work terms.

Business Co-op is for students studying commerce, business administration (MBA) and global business (MGB). Learn more about these co-op programs below.

WHAT IS CO-OP? Learn about co-op including how it works and what's expected of you, plus check out fees and salaries.

READY TO APPLY FOR A CO-OP JOB? Here's what to expect.

Your co-op office

Business Co-op and Career Centre

Program facts

UVic offers Canada's only business program with mandatory co-ops for all undergraduate students enrolled in our faculty.


  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • Three co-op work terms required
  • Opportunity to earn credit for first work term by work term challenge or work term transfer (See next section: Program formats available)
  • Must complete COM 204 (preparation course) before first work term
  • Learn more about the Gustavson BCom


  • Co-op may be mandatory depending on work experience (decided upon application)
  • If accepted to co-op, one work term is required (second work term optional)
  • Must complete MBA 502 before first work term
  • Learn more about the Gustavson MBA


  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • One co-op work term/internship required
  • Must complete MGB 502 before first work term
  • Learn more about the Gustavson MGB

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

Sample employers and co-op jobs

Here are a few of the employers that students have worked for in the past, as well as the positions they've held:

  • AbeBooks – HR Assistant Co-op
  • Agrium Inc. – Corporate Accounting
  • BC Ferries – Customer Sales and Service Representative
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture – Market Development Business Officer
  • BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training – Finance Co-op Student
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong) – Events Management Trainee
  • Deloitte – Consulting Internship, Human Capital
  • KPMG LLP – Audit and Tax Co-op Student
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – Business Analyst
  • RevenueWire Inc. – Marketing Co-op
  • Scotiabank – Corporate Financial Analyst Co-op
  • Whistler Blackcomb – Guest Services Leadership Intern

Requirements after each work term

When you finish each work term, you are required to:

  • Submit your work term report (or alternative submission)
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage

Work term report guidelines

At the end of your co-op term, you'll reflect on your work experience by doing either a written work term report or a video work term report (restrictions apply). Your report is due before the end of term (August 15, December 15 or April 15). Submit your report to 

Types of work term reports:

Want to see samples? Read past students' work term reports

Important notes about your work term report:

  • Your work term will be marked with a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Unsatisfactory reports need to be redone within two weeks and awarded a “satisfactory.”
  • A copy of your report may be sent to your employer. There is no option to write a "confidential" work term report—the coordinator or a faculty representative must evaluate all reports. Leave out information that your employer might consider proprietary or confidential.
  • Extensions are only granted (in the event of illness, accident or family affliction) with documentation. You must submit your report (and final competency assessment) to receive a completion grade on your record.

Business Co-op Student of the Year Award

Are you a standout ambassador for Business Co-op? If you’ve contributed to your co-op employer, UVic, Business Co-op and Career, and the community, you could be selected as Business Co-op Student of the Year. The co-op student of the year receives a framed certificate, a cheque for $500, and promotion at UVic. (The runner-up receives a cheque for $250.) You may also be nominated for the provincial (ACE) and national (CAFCE) Student of the Year Awards.

You must be nominated by your co-op coordinator for this award (no need to apply).

If you're interested in actively seeking out a nomination, contact your coordinator by October 15 if you meet the following criteria:

  • Completed at least one co-op work term during the year (Jan–Dec)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0 (B+)
  • Experienced significant competency development on your work term(s)

Co-op forms

Popular resources for co-op students

Use these resources to successfully gain hands-on experience, search for work, and plan your career: