Please read through the SFU Co-op Student Guide as you begin working with the co-op office, and consult the handbook on an ongoing basis to make the most of your participation in the program. The handbook is a resource and guide that will assist you throughout the remainder of your Co-op career.

Engineering Science students must also agree to the Terms & Conditions of the ENSC Co-op Program, which includes an understanding of the number of work terms required, the completion of work terms before completion of academic studies, and the requirements for communication with the Co-op Program and its employers. The Terms & Conditions forms are available on the Forms page. Students should also review the Co-op requirements (ENSC and MSE) and policies (ENSC) of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op.

To prepare to seek your first work term, here are the steps:

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1. Documentation

All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work on a Co-op term:

  • Social Insurance Number: For information about how to obtain a SIN, review the “Applying for a SIN handout” by International Services for Students.
  • MSP registration: For information about the medical insurance that students need, including while on a co-op term, review the SFU Medical Insurance page.

International students:

Canada Immigration requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents apply for a Co-op work permit in order to be eligible to work off campus in a full time position. This is different than a Study Permit. For instructions on how to apply and what the processing times are, review the “Applying for a Co-op/Internship Work Permit” handout by International Services for Students.

The Co-op office must have a copy of your valid co-op work permit prior to students being released to apply for Co-op positions.

2. New Student Orientation

All students must attend this session the first time they seek a co-op term. If you cannot attend, you must make alternate arrangements with your Coordinator to get the information.

This session provides details about the Co-op programs' processes and policies, instructions for how and when to apply for co-op jobs, interview scheduling instructions, and details about your work term requirements and steps upon securing a work term.

3. Workshops

The following workshops are offered each semester on both the Burnaby and Surrey campus:

  • Resume & Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills

All students must attend each of these workshops as part of the approval process to seek their first co-op job. Information about the date/location of these workshops is sent to the Engineering Science student body each semester, and registration is done in myExperience by searching "FAS Co-op" in the Events Calendar. These workshops build on the knowledge that students gain from the Communication courses that are integrated in the first year of all Engineering Science students’ first year. The facilitator will offer current industry trends and expectations, and support students to move their marketing materials and interview strategies to a more professional and technical level.

4. Test Application

For each seeking term, you need to submit a Test Application so that a coordinator can review your application documents. Test Application allows the Co-op office to provide detailed, personalized feedback on the effectiveness of your documents, and will give you suggestions for ways to market yourself in the best possible light that are in line with industry expectations.

The test application is a “practice application”, and requires that you apply with all of the required documents for Co-op applications:

  1. tailored cover letter
  2. resume
  3. transcript
  4. Student Information Summary (SIS) form

Detailed instructions are included in the test application posting, which is posted on myExperience, the SFU job posting system. A notice is sent to all Engineering Science students each semester, with deadlines and any other instructions to apply to the test application.

5. Update / Revise Test Application

A Coordinator will provide feedback and recommendations on changes and next steps that are required. Set up a meeting with a Co-op Coordinator or Advisor to review your revisions. For Mechatronic Systems Engineering students, revisions are required prior to applying for the Test Application #2. For Engineering Science students, revisions are required for final approval to begin seeking when job postings begin.

6. Test Application 2

For Engineering Science students, once you successfully complete the steps above, you will be released to seek a Co-op work term when the term's job postings begin. Please review Applying for a Work Term.

For Mechatronic Systems Engineering students, there is a final test application required with your updated, approved documents:

  1. tailored cover letter
  2. resume
  3. transcript
  4. Student Information Summary (SIS) form

If you did not complete the steps above, or need further changes to ensure your application documents are competitive, you will be given more detailed feedback. This feedback will need to be incorporated before you will be approved to begin seeking a Co-op term. If you have no feedback, and the steps above have been completed, you will be approved to begin seeking a Co-op term when the next cycle of job postings begins. Once you successfully complete the steps above, you will be released to seek a Co-op work term. Please review Applying for a Work Term.


In advance of a workshop, you can visit SFU OLC for tips on on the following: