SEEKING STUDENTS

Please review the SFU Co-op Student Guide again to remind yourself of the requirements and processes involved in the Co-op program. 

Also, remember that 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 and policies of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op.

All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work on a Co-op term, including a Social Insurance Number and medical insurance.
International students: Canada Immigration requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents maintain a current Co-op work permit in order to be eligible to work off campus in a full time position.
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.
For instructions on how to renew a work permit and what the processing times are, review the ""Applying for a Co-op/Internship Work Permit" handout by International Services for Students.
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 prior to seeking their first co-op job. If you missed these workshops prior to your first co-op term due to extenuating circumstances, or would like a refresher, you are invited to attend these workshops again. Information about the date/location of these workshops is sent to the Engineering Science student body each semester
For each seeking term, you need to submit a Test Application so that a coordinator can review your application documents. Test Application #1 allows the Co-op office to provide detailed, personalized feedback on the effectiveness of your documents, and is an opportunity to move your applications and job search goals to a more professional and technical level as a more senior co-op student.
The test application is a ""practice application", and requires that you apply with all of the required documents for Co-op applications:
  • tailored cover letter
  • resume
  • Student Information Summary (SIS) form
  • transcript

Detailed instructions are included in the test application posting, which is posted on Symplicity, 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.
A Coordinator will provide feedback and recommendations on changes that are required. Attend workshops and/or set up a meeting with a Co-op Coordinator or Advisor to address any questions you have or to review revisions. These discussions will also allow you and your Coordinator to discuss strategies and ideas for your Co-op terms and your broader career goals or questions. Revisions are required prior to applying for the Test Application #2.
This is a final test application with your updated, approved documents:
  • tailored cover letter
  • resume
  • Student Information Summary (SIS) form
  • transcript

If you who 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

DOCUMENTATION

All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work on a Co-op term, including a Social Insurance Number and medical insurance. 
International students: Canada Immigration requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents maintain a current Co-op work permit in order to be eligible to work off campus in a full time position. 
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. 
For instructions on how to renew a work permit and what the processing times are, review the "Applying for a Co-op/Internship Work Permit" handout by International Services for Students.

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 prior to seeking their first co-op job. If you missed these workshops prior to your first co-op term due to extenuating circumstances, or would like a refresher, you are invited to attend these workshops again. Information about the date/location of these workshops is sent to the Engineering Science student body each semester

TEST APPLICATION 1

For each seeking term, you need to submit a Test Application so that a coordinator can review your application documents. Test Application #1 allows the Co-op office to provide detailed, personalized feedback on the effectiveness of your documents, and is an opportunity to move your applications and job search goals to a more professional and technical level as a more senior co-op student. 
The test application is a "practice application", and requires that you apply with all of the required documents for Co-op applications:

  • tailored cover letter
  • resume
  • Student Information Summary (SIS) form
  • transcript


Detailed instructions are included in the test application posting, which is posted on Symplicity, 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.

UPDATE/REVISE TEST APPLICATION

A Coordinator will provide feedback and recommendations on changes that are required. Attend workshops and/or set up a meeting with a Co-op Coordinator or Advisor to address any questions you have or to review revisions. These discussions will also allow you and your Coordinator to discuss strategies and ideas for your Co-op terms and your broader career goals or questions. Revisions are required prior to applying for the Test Application #2.

TEST APPLICATION 2

This is a final test application with your updated, approved documents:

  • tailored cover letter
  • resume
  • Student Information Summary (SIS) form
  • transcript


If you who 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

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    APPLYING FOR CO-OP JOBS

     

    The SFU Co-op Program uses a continuous placement model through the myExperience website. Access the website here.

    If you have questions about how to use myExperience, or need help troubleshooting an issue, please review the Quick Tips – Co-op document and the myExperience Manual. If you still have questions or issues, contact the Co-op office.

    Jobs are posted on the myExperience system between 3 and 5 business days. Any released students interested in the position may apply. Students should have at least some of the required skills.

    Take the time to create a customized cover letter for each position. Save documents with a descriptive name (e.g. Cover Letter - Employer - Job Title).  You must upload all application package documents (SIS, cover letter, resume and transcript) to myExperience before applying to a job posting.

    Some myExperience positions will instruct you to apply directly to the company through their corporate website. In this case you may be contacted directly by the employer to arrange an interview.

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    STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

     

    Each student will have a different set of skills and experiences they bring to their co-op search, and will have different goals for their future. Here are a few tips to help you develop a successful job search strategy for you.

    Cover Letters: Take the time to create a customized cover letter for each position. Research the company, write a targeted introduction that tells them your interest/aptitude for the company/job/project/product, identify the key ways you meet the job’s criteria, and provide specific details and examples to prove this in your letter. To ensure you attach the right letter to each application, save documents with a descriptive name (e.g. Cover Letter - Employer - Job Title)

    Interview Resources: Resources are available at the Co-op office to assist you in preparing for your interviews, including Interview Feedback forms and Student Work Term Evaluations. Please take a moment to complete an Interview Feedback form after your interviews, and send it to the Co-op office to assist other students.If you don’t have time to make an appointment with a Career Adviser or Co-op Coordinator, SFU Interviewstream is here to help! SFU Work Integrated Learning has licensed Interviewstream so that SFU students and alumni can practice recorded interviews from the comfort of their own home.  All you need is a webcam and internet and you are ready to go. To get started, create an account using your SFU email address.  Note: Accounts created with a non-SFU email address will be deleted. 

    Examine Your Options:
     Consider a research or self-directed co-op (see details below).

     
    Job Profiles: Review these profiles to help you identify what skills and knowledge you have that you need to promote in your applications. 

    ENSC (Biomedical, Computer, Electronics, Eng Physics, and Systems)
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    INTERVIEW/OFFERS

     

    Interviews: Once applications have been sent to the employer they may or may not choose to shortlist and interview. It is the student’s responsibility to check myExperience every day for scheduled interviews and to search through new job postings.

    Co-op interviews may be scheduled on myExperience, or directly through the Co-op office. If you are shortlisted for a position, you will notice an interview alert link on your myExperience account or you will be called and/or emailed. Anything else means you have not been scheduled for an interview. Please check your myExperience account, email, and voicemail at least once per day during your seeking term.

    On-campus interviews are usually held in the Engineering Co-op Office either in Burnaby or Surrey. Off-campus interviews are also common and students should plan to be at the employer site well in advance of the scheduled interview time (10-15 minutes ahead of schedule).

    Offers: Typically, employers contact the Co-op Office with offers for co-op placements.  If an employer makes an offer to you directly, please contact your Coordinator immediately before responding to the employer.  Should you have any concerns or questions, please discuss them with your Coordinator. Your Coordinator will help you cancel any outstanding interviews you have scheduled and drop you from courses if it is past the course drop deadline.

    Once you have received an offer letter, sign it and bring a copy to the Co-op Office. The Co-op Office can also fax your signed offer letter (and other documents) back to the employer if necessary.

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    IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING PLACED

     

    If you do not have a job by the time the registration deadline arrives, register for courses. The co-op office can process your course drop after the deadline to avoid penalties if you are successful in securing a co-op term.
    Lightning Round: Towards the end of the seeking semester, the Co-op office moves into “Lightning Round”. As you get busier with your exams and final projects for the semester, we continue posting jobs but most of them no longer require cover letters.

    In order to be eligible to participate in Lightning Round, students must be actively participating in the Co-op seeking process throughout the semester through myExperience and/or a self-directed job search that is documented. To assist students in documenting their self-directed job search, please use our Job Search Record
    Developing your Skills:
    If you are having difficulty securing a Co-op work term, have maintained a high level of activity and effort, and have worked with your Coordinator to market yourself as effectively as possible, you may find that you need to increase or diversify the skills and experiences you have on your resume. Getting involved in student groups, professional associations (through student membership) and/or specialized training can be a great way to stand out from your competition! Here are some ideas: 

    Engineering-specific groups at SFU:
    Engineering Science Student Society

    Engineers Without Borders
     
    Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers – SFU Chapter
     
    Women in Engineering Group
      

    Other SFU groups:  

    Leadership and Mentorship opportunities
     
    Student Clubs – entire list
      

     

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