New Students

Welcome to FAS Co-op! Check out your next steps for preparing for your first work term:

Requirements & Preparation For Co-op

Co-op Prep Course

You must be registered to complete this online course. It is intended to help you understand the Co-op proccess and provide resources. You will be emailed details for registration once you are part of the New Students group. In preparation to apply to Co-op positions, Engineering students self-enroll in the Co-op prep course which includes:

  • Information on the Co-op processes
  • Preparation for your first work search
  • Access to resources
  • Tips for success
  • Connect with your assigned Co-op coordinator

For further information about Co-op, take a look at the SFU Co-op Student Guide.

Documentation

All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work 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

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. This is different from your off-campus work permit. Once you are registered in the Co-op Prep Course, you will find instructions on how to be issued the Co-op letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the Co-op work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

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.

Terms & Conditions

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 agreement and instructions will provided to students new to the program. Students should also review the Co-op requirements and policies of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op. More information will be provided in the Prep Canvas course.

Workshops

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

  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Interview Skills

All students must attend each of these workshop 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 term. 

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.

Register in the ‘Events Calendar’ on myExperience.

One-on-One Advising

Students will be given individual, one-on-one advising, feedback and mock interviews when needed or requested with the Co-op advisors and coordinators. Meet them here.

Engineering Transfer Students from Another Institution

You will be contacted by a Co-op representative with information for your next steps after your admittance to SFU. If eligible, you may be fast tracked through the Co-op process. If you have any questions, please connect with your Co-op coordinator.

  Work in Fall
2022
Work in Spring
2023
Work in Summer
2023

Preparation Term 
(Completing workshops)

Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022

Seeking Term
(Applying for Jobs)

Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023