The Co-op Process

Co-op Policy Agreement 

You should read and remain familiar with the Co-op Policy Agreement, especially the responsibilities you have as a student in the co-op program. Refer to the agreement throughout your degree if you have any questions regarding the co-op policy.

Co-op Fees

Students pay a co-op fee of $270 each academic semester and work term. Your co-op fees will appear on your regular tuition bill. Please see the Co-op Policy Agreement for further details.

Getting Started 

All Co-op students complete either 3 or 4 academic semesters before their first work term. Continuation requirements for Co-op students include:

  • Maintaining a 70% average across all courses during your first year
  • Taking a full-time course load each semester (minimum 2.0 credits)
  • Following your Co-op program schedule* as specified in the Undergraduate Calendar *

*Note: You will need to follow the appropriate schedule for the year that you started your program. For example, if you started your program in Fall 2011, then you should follow the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Calendar (not the most recent version). Be sure to check the Archived section of the Academic Calendars if you are following an older version.

**Note: In the Undergraduate Calendar, the degree program followed by :C (a colon and the letter C) denotes co-op; for example, MEF:C is co-op.


COOP*1100- Introduction to Co-operative Education

COOP*1100 is a mandatory, non-credit course for all Co-op students.

The course will help you to:

  • Identify and market your skills and achievements
  • Create a well-structured resume
  • Write articulate and targeted cover letters
  • Prepare for and perform well in an interview
  • Navigate the steps of the Co-op employment process
  • Display the professional behaviours expected in a work place

You will take COOP*1100 in either your second or third semester, in addition to your regular courses, according to the academic schedule for your program as specified in the Undergraduate Calendar. This course and your final grade of Outstanding Pass (OP), Pass (P) or Fail (F) will appear on your official transcript. 


Get Involved Early!

To make yourself a stronger candidate, you should start thinking about building your skill set before your first work term.

Consider the following:

  • Get involved with a club or student organization on campus. 
  • If your schedule permits, find a summer job or an unpaid internship between first and second year. Try to target opportunities related to your field of study. You can get great references if you demonstrate a good work ethic and do a good job.
  • Volunteer with an organization relevant to your field: Student Volunteer Connections and iCan.

Support

The On-Campus Coordinator is your resource for any information, questions or concerns up to your first work term job search.