Prospective Students

Not sure where your Communication studies will take you?

Co-op offers the opportunity to try out different areas within the communication industry. Through working with your Co-op Coordinators, you’ll be coached to develop job search tools and transition into the workplace. On the job, you’ll be paid by your employer while learning hands-on skills. Plan your degree to alternate between work terms and study terms, and graduate with at least one year of relevant work experience. Building your skills and creating a professional network will enhance your opportunities for landing a job post-graduation. 

Curious to know what Communication Co-op is like from a student perspective?

Application Requirements

School of Communication Student

  • Pursuing or intending a major or minor in Communication.
  • CMNS 110 and 130 and a 200-level course completed or in progress.

Academic Requirements

  • Registered as a full-time student (minimum of 9 units) 
  • At least CGPA of 2.7 
  • Less than 80 units completed (Ideally apply between 30 and 80 units.)
  • *If your CGPA is lower than 2.7 or if you have more than 80 units completed, please see a Co-op Coordinator to discuss your options - do not wait to apply)

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.

Things to Consider

  1. Students applying into the program should have a commitment to complete 3 or more work terms before graduation. Work terms should alternate with academic semesters and the final semester before graduation should be an academic semester.
  2. New students should ideally join Co-op two semesters prior to your first Co-op work placement, while also keeping in mind the requirements above.
  3. Searching for a Co-op work term is a lot like taking an extra course. Writing cover letters, preparing for and attending interviews can take a lot of time and effort but it pays off! We recommend taking a lighter course load during your seeking semesters.
  4. As Co-op can be competitive, it is a good idea to develop applied skills and experience now! Build skills in social media, event planning, writing, design, through volunteering, SFU clubs, part-time work, creative projects, and online tutorials.
  5. If you have any questions at any point, please connect with someone from the Communication Co-op team.
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Application Deadline

July 15, 2022 October 31st, 2022 February 28th, 2023

We’ll respond to you within 10 business days to advise you of your acceptance to the program. Communication Co-op has specific steps that you will need to complete in order to be fully approved into the program.