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
  • See our flyer


  • Co-op may be mandatory depending on work experience (decided upon application)
    • For students with less than three years of work experience, once co-op work term is mandatory
    • For those with more than three years of work experience, one optional co-op work term is permitted
  • Must complete MBA Introduction to Professional Practice before co-op work term
  • Learn more about the Gustavson MBA


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

MM (Master in Management)

  • Mandatory internship program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • One co-op work term/internship required
  • Must complete MM 504 before work term/internship
  • Learn more about the Gustavson MM

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

Work term transfer

If you've completed a co-op work term at an accredited post-secondary institution (including UVic), you may be able apply for Transfer Credit for one work term. You must apply in writing for Work Term Transfer during your initial academic term of the 3rd year core of the BCom program. The work term for which you wish to receive Transfer Credit must have been:

  • paid employment
  • evaluated (you must have submitted a final written report)
  • supervised by a co-op practitioner at the previous institution
  • 4 months, or 420 hours minimum, of full-time work
  • relevant to your academic program

How to apply for Work Term Transfer

  1. Contact the Business Co-op office at before November 1 to indicate your intention to apply for Work Term Transfer;
  2. Email your completed Work Term Transfer Credit Application Form to by November 1;
  3. Email the BCom Advising Team at and ask them to send the Business Co-op Office ( a copy of your transcript from the transferring institution to include with your application.

Approved institutions and courses for Co-op Work Term Transfer*

College Program Course title Course code Grade
Camosun Hotel & Restaurant Administration;
Business Administration
Co-operative Work Experience HMGT 101, 201;
BUS 101, 201
Langara Accounting Co-operative Work Placement I Coop 2301 S & letter grade
SAIT Hotel & Restaurant Management Professional Internship PINT 250 P
Vancouver Island University Hospitality Co-operative Industry Education Placement HOST 102, 202 CR

Courses that are NOT accepted for Co-op Transfer Credit

College Program Course Title Course Code Grade
Douglas College Hotel & Restaurant Management Nothing entered on transcript  
VCC Hospitality Management Industry Work Experience HOSP 2245 S
George Brown Hotel Management Industry Mentor/Internship HOST 2038
Algonquin College, Ottawa Hotel & Restaurant Management

*Other institutions and programs may also qualify. If you'd like to transfer a work term from an institution, or program, that is not listed here, please check with the Business Co-op Office by emailing

Work term challenge

What is Work Term Challenge?

You may apply for credit for COM 001 (your first work term course) through the Work Term Challenge Application process in Fall of your core year, if you are a third-year BCom student enrolled in COM 204 (or you previously completed COM 204 during your second year, but you did not register a Pre-Core work term).

In your application, you may use previous work experience that you performed at any time prior to entering the third-year Core of the BCom program, as long as you were not on a leave of absence from academic studies during that time. The work does not need to occur during the summer before you enter the core; however, it must be completed by August 31.

Students who are granted credit for COM 001 through the Work Term Challenge application process are required to complete at least two additional regular co-op work terms in third and fourth year.


You must meet the following criteria* to be considered for a Work Term Challenge:

  • The work was completed prior to entering the core of the BCom program (by August 31)
  • The work was not completed while you were on a leave of absence from your academic studies
  • The work should have helped you establish and achieve your career goals
  • The work was supervised
  • The work must total a minimum of 420 hours
  • The work must have been paid
  • You should be able to reflect on and discuss your work in relation to competencies that you've developed
  • You must have developed some professional and/or personal competencies such as any of the following:
    • Analysis
    • Problem solving
    • Decision-making
    • Organizing/managing self and others
    • Written/verbal communication
    • Technical/computer
    • Interpersonal relations
    • Initiative and self-reliance
    • Industry/job specific

*It is difficult for students who own their own business to meet the Work Term Challenge application criteria; therefore, we ask these entrepreneurial students to submit a business plan using the ENT Challenge Business Plan Guidelines to support their application. Please expand and elaborate on the questions in the guidelines, and provide supporting documents where possible, to assist us in evaluating your application. Please contact us prior to the application deadline with concerns/questions at

Entry-level positions at businesses are just fine for Challenge because we understand that you have not yet taken any business courses. Here are some examples of the kinds of positions that qualify for Work Term Challenge: Pizza-delivery drivers, house painters, restaurant servers, landscape workers, and summer camp leaders. You might not realize that even in these types of entry-level positions, you have had the opportunity to problem-solve, develop interpersonal relations, hone your organizational skills, or work as a member of a team. 

How to apply

Start your application as early as possible in September – you must apply for Work Term Challenge during the first (fall) academic term of the third year BCom Program Core. Feel free to submit your application items one-at-a-time, as you complete them. All application items must be submitted no later than November 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Your complete application package includes:


See our Work Term Challenge FAQ Sheet. Please also review the Business Co-op Program General Regulations in the Undergraduate Calendar.

If you have further questions about Work Term Challenge, contact prior to the application deadline.

Evaluation process

After November 1, check your email regularly for communication and updates.

  1. A notification will be sent to your email account (the account you indicated as your preferred email in your UVic Profile) after the Work Term Challenge Application Deadline of November 1 confirming whether your application package is complete and meets the criteria, or if is incomplete and/or does not meet the criteria.
  2. If your application is complete and meets the criteria, it will move to the assessment phase during which your Challenge Report will then be marked. Following the assessment phase, you will receive a notification email informing you whether your Challenge Report has been marked as "satisfactory," or if it requires revisions.
  3. Complete Work Term Challenge Applications that meet the criteria will be sent with a recommendation to Undergraduate Records, for assessment, verification and registration in COM 001, for the Spring (January – April) term.
  4. Approved Work Term Challenges for COM 001 will receive a satisfactory a grade of "COM" that is entered on your transcript in the spring term. Unsatisfactory Work Term Challenges will receive a grade of "N/X" for COM 001, and 3 work terms will be scheduled in your academic program.


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work for co-op employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors—in Victoria, across Canada and abroad. Past examples include:

  • AbeBooks—HR assistant
  • The Bateman Foundation—Marketing and outreach assistant
  • BC Ferries—Treasury analyst
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture—Market development business officer
  • BC Ministry of Transportation—First Nations project assistant
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)—Events management trainee
  • Deloitte—Consulting internship, human capital
  • Downtown Victoria Business Association—Marketing assistant
  • KPMG LLP—Audit and tax co-op student
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces—Business analyst
  • RE/Max Canada—Marketing and social media intern
  • RevenueWire Inc.—Marketing co-op
  • Scotiabank—Corporate financial analyst co-op
  • Sitka Surf Co.—Graphic production agent/online merchandiser
  • Whistler Blackcomb—Guest services leadership intern

Co-op work term process

Find a co-op work term

In addition to the general process for securing a co-op job you need to complete the Terms & Conditions form in the Co-op and Career portal to receive access to co-op job postings.

You can also find a job on your own (outside the Co-op and Career portal) and apply to have it count as co-op. To register your co-op/internship, you need to request approval from your co-op coordinator.

If you receive a job offer through your own network, complete this Letter of Employment. This lists all of the information your Co-op Coordinator needs to approve your work term. Once your Coordinator approves your work term, the Co-op Office will use the information from the Letter of Employment to register your work term.

If you found your co-op/internship through the Co-op Portal, contact your co-op coordinator and provide him/her with the job ID number and the following:

  • Start date
  • End date
  • Salary
  • Hours per week
  • Supervisor's name, phone, email

During your work term

As part of the work term requirements for all co-op students, you will reflect on the learning that takes place during your co-op work term/internship by completing assignments, for every work term you complete, even if you stay with the same employer for more than one work term. This is mandatory for all students, including those in optional or graduate co-op programs.

When you start a work term/internship, you will be added to a Brightspace course which contains details of the co-op assignments.

Final reflective assignment options

At the end of your co-op work term/internship, you will reflect on your work experience by completing one of the following options*:

a) Work term/internship report
b) Video report (restrictions apply)
c) Article
d) Blog post
e) Letter to a future student

*You may have the opportunity to participate in an online discussion throughout the term instead (restrictions apply).

Final reflective assignment due dates:

  • May – August work term: due August 15*
  • September – December work term: due December 15*
  • January – April work term: due April 15*

*Unless the due date falls on a holiday, or a weekend, in which case the assignment will be due the next business day.

See the assignment criteria, guidelines, and forms in the Work Term/Internship Course in Brightspaceand in the Co-op & Career Program Manual in Brightspace .

Business Co-op Student of the Year Award

Are you an excellent 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 Co-op Student of the Year

Co-op students of the year receive a framed certificate, a cheque for $500, and a profile on the Co-op and Career website. The runner-up receives a cheque for $250. The winning student may also be nominated for the provincial (ACE-WIL) and national (CEWIL) 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 if you have:

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

Your name will be added to the list of applicants, and you will be contacted with instructions on how to complete the nomination package.

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: