Prospective Students

Business Co-op is an optional program for undergraduate students in SFU Business to gain paid work experience within a professional business setting. In order to prepare our Co-op students to be successful, Beedie Business Co-op students need to have experiences outside of the classroom such as part time work, volunteer or club experience in advance of their first semester applying to Co-op jobs. Some previous experience, while not necessarily paid, is important to Co-op employers when considering applicants to their jobs. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact a Business Co-op Career Advisor at coopbus-advisor@sfu.ca.

Application Requirements

Beedie School of Business Student

  • You must be formally admitted to the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
  • You must also be in good academic standing and have a minimum of a 2.4 CGPA.

Academic Requirements

We encourage you to apply after completing 30 units.

  • 30 - 60 units: you are eligible to apply
  • over 90 units: visit the career management centre first

Keep in mind:

  • Complete the NEW student requirements at least two semesters before undertaking your first co-op work term.
  • Complete at least 3 work terms before completing your degree.

Work Permits (International Students)

International students are required to obtain a valid Co-op work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before applying to SFU Co-op jobs. Once accepted into the Co-op program, you will be issued a letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

Experience Criteria

Beedie Business Co-op students need to have experiences outside of the classroom such as part time work, volunteer or club experience in advance of their first semester applying to Co-op jobs. Some previous experience, while not necessarily paid, is important to Co-op employers and for our students success in the co-op program.

Co-op Timeline

Check out the timeline below to see how you can fit Co-op into your Beedie journey.

Step 1: Apply to Co-op

Before being approved to join the Co-op Program, you must complete the online application form. It is recommended that you apply between 30-60 credit hours.

Step 2: New Student Semester

BUS CO-OP: Intro to Co-op

After acceptance into our co-op program, you will be registered into a pre-requisite Canvas course where we will work with you through the semester to develop your job search skills to a competitive level. 
Content for the course during the semester includes:

  • Group Orientation
  • Job Search Workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Interview)
  • Specialized Workshops (Working In Canada, Working In Banking)
  • Bridging OnLine (BOL I)
  • Assignments (Self-Evaluation, Resume, Cover Letter, Student Information Summary, Work/Study Semester Plan, Work Permit (VISA))
  • One to One Coaching (Review Sessions, Mock Interviews)

Visit the New Student page to learn more about the Co-op Process

Step 3: Seeking Semester

Upon successful completion of the "Bus Co-op: Intro to Co-op" Course, you will have access to the Co-op job postings to apply to positions that will begin the following semester.

Step 4: Working Semester

Students that successfully compete for a co-op job will be registered into their Co-op practicum course and begin a 4 or 8 month work term during this semester.

  Work in Summer 2021 Work in Fall 2021 Work in Spring 2022
Application Deadline October 4, 2020 February 4, 2020 June 4, 2021
Complete BUS Co-op Course:
Intro to Co-op Course
Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Seeking Term (Applying for Jobs)

Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021