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 (ENSC and MSE) and policies (ENSC) of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op. " of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op.

If you have already completed an Engineering Science Co-op work term, and are preparing to seek a subsequent 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, 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.

2. 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, and registration is done in myExperience by searching "FAS Co-op" in the Events Calendar.

3. 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:

  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.

4. 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.

5. 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: