Have you finished your first year? Now's the time to apply for co-op! 

Tracy (biology) worked as a stewardship intern with the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship in Penticton, BC.

Tracy (biology) worked as a stewardship intern with the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship in Penticton, BC.

Sage (gender studies)  worked as a national youth ambassador with the Moose Hide Campaign, an initiative that works to end violence against women and children.

Sage (gender studies) worked as a national youth ambassador with the Moose Hide Campaign, an initiative that works to end violence against women and children.

Emma (English) worked as a museum intern at the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta.

Emma (English) worked as a museum intern at the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta.

Hugo (humanities/professional writing) worked as a web and social media assistant with Parks Canada.

Hugo (humanities/professional writing) worked as a web and social media assistant with Parks Canada.

Jess (environmental studies and sociology) worked as a production assistant at TOPSOIL - Innovative Urban Agriculture.

Jess (environmental studies and sociology) worked as a production assistant at TOPSOIL - Innovative Urban Agriculture.

Co-op - also knows as co-operative education - can help you test out your dream job while you're still a student. You'll alternate terms in class with paid work terms.

As a co-op student, you'll:

Try different jobs that relate to what you're studying

Learn what you like and what you don't (and make the most of your degree).

Earn up to $45,000 over the course of your degree

Plus get training on how to navigate the world of work.

Connect with mentors and develop a professional network

Co-op students are often hired back by former employers.

Graduate with a job offer

75% of co-op students land a job before they graduate!

Travel while you work

Work close to home or abroad.

What is co-op?

Co-op is an experiential learning program that helps you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience. Co-op supports you in trying a range of jobs, gaining work experience and skills, and making connections with employers.

Co-op is flexible; you can be registered in either the traditional co-op or work experience program. You can transfer between work experience and traditional co-op depending on how many co-op terms you complete and whether you meet the co-op requirements.

  • Traditional co-op (co-op degree)
    • If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree
    • Undergraduate students must complete three work terms to earn the co-op distinction
  • Work experience program
    • A shorter version of co-op—a great option for students who don't want to commit to three work terms, or are in the late stages of their degree
    • Students will complete 1-2 work terms

The application process and requirements for the work experience program is the same as for traditional co-op.

There are other types of co-op available too - learn more about your options.

How + when can you apply?

When to apply

Apply by September 20 or 30, depending on your program (see specific deadlines below).

How to apply

This depends on your program area - connect with the co-op program in your area to learn more (we're super friendly!).

Are you a business or engineering student? Co-op is automatically integrated into your academic program.

If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree!

What's required of you as a co-op student?

Before you start your first work term, you'll take the Introduction to Professional Practice course, which is exclusive for co-op students and helps prepare you for your job search and work-integrated learning experiences. Then, for each co-op work term, you'll complete competency assessments, have a work site visit and submit a work term submission.

Co-op processes include:

What about fees?

All co-op and WEP students pay a tuition fee for the co-op program, just like for your regular courses. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay the tuition fee when you secure a work term.

Does co-op count towards academic credit?

For each completed work term, you will receive credits that contribute towards the Co-op designation you’ll receive on your degree when you graduate. Your co-op work term does not count towards your academic credit.

Learn more about how co-op works and the work term requirements on our website.

Where do co-op students work?

The possibilities are endless! Connect with your program area for sample jobs.

You can also check out our student experiences gallery for videos, photos, stories and more.

What if you don't want to do co-op?

You don't need to be a co-op student to access career support. Our career development workshops, programs and one-on-one support will help you:

  • identify your interests and explore career options
  • create strong résumés and cover letters
  • practice interview and networking skills
  • and more!

 

Want to learn more?