There are many fantastic opportunities to work internationally during your Co-op work terms. In the past 13 years, SFU students have worked in over 1000 placements around the globe. Engineering Science students have worked in the Silicon Valley and other parts of the United States, and as far away as Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. The Engineering Science Co-op program works with the International Co-op program to assist students with international placements.
When placed in an international co-op term, students complete the Bridging International Learning course to assist students to prepare for and be successful on an international work term.
There are also subsidies available to assist students in the cost of working out of the country. Please see the International Co-op Financial Assistance page for more details.
Most students participate in the job search process organized by the Co-op Office through Symplicity. However, students are encouraged to explore job opportunities themselves to develop their network and develop job search skills that will benefit their future career. Students who successfully complete a self-directed co-op work term with a new employer contact are also eligible to receive a $100 gift certificate to the SFU Bookstore!
If you are interested in pursuing a self-directed co-op term, speak with a Coordinator to discuss the technical and supervisory requirements as early as possible. Details such as a job description and offer letter will need to be submitted to your Co-op Coordinator before you accept the job in order for the self-directed job to be approved. Please complete the Applying for a Self-Directed Work Term form when submitting your request to your coordinator.
You must ensure you meet all co-op work term requirements in order to receive a passing grade.
Students have an opportunity to participate in research co-op terms, where they gain experience in an academic, research and/or lab setting at SFU. Ideally, at least two of the three mandatory work semesters should be completed in industry unless a student plans to pursue post-graduate studies.
Some research co-op opportunities are posted through
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