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NEW STUDENTS Accepted to SIAT Co-op


Aim to complete the Co-op Requirements and Intake Appointment, well in advance of the Seeking Announcement that goes out mid-semester each semester.  As such, aim to complete these steps by mid-July to join the seeking group for a Spring 2018 co-op term, otherwise, aim to complete these steps by mid-October to join the seeking group for a Summer 2018 co-op term.

Co-op Requirements

After being accepted to SIAT Co-op, you'll receive an email from the SIAT Co-op office that outlines your next steps, including completing the following sessions and workshops. Register through Symplicity (Events > Workshops).

1) Attend a SIAT Co-op Information Session.
Thursday, May 18     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746
Wednesday, June 14     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746
Monday, July 10     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746
Monday, August 21     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746

2) Register in and complete the next possible Bridging Online I (BOL I (One)).
BOL I is a 16-day online course. There are multiple sessions offered throughout the semester. Registration is through Symplicity and the course is delivered via SFU Canvas.

3) Register in and complete SIAT Workshops: Resume, Portfolio (optional), Cover Letter and Interview. All SIAT Co-op students are required to have an online portfolio.


Tuesday, June 20     9:30 - 11:30 AM      SUR 2710
Wednesday, June 28     1:30 - 3:30 PM      SUR 2710
Tuesday, July 4     12:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2750     *followed by a Portfolio workshop
Thursday, July 6     12:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746     *followed by a Portfolio workshop
Tuesday, July 18     1:30 - 3:30 PM     SUR 2980     *followed by a Portfolio workshop

Portfolio (optional)
Wednesday, May 24     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746
Thursday, June 22     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746
Tuesday, July 4     2:30 - 3:30 PM     SUR 2750     *preceded by a Resume workshop
Thursday, July 6     2:30 - 3:30 PM      SUR 2746     *preceded by a Resume workshop
Tuesday, July 18     3:30 - 4:30 PM     SUR 2980     *preceded by a Resume workshop
Tuesday, August 29     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746 

Cover Letter
Thursday, June 8     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 2746     *followed by an Interview workshop
Wednesday, July 12     9:30 - 10:30 AM      SUR 2990     *followed by an Interview workshop
Wednesday, July 19     1:30 - 2:30 PM     SUR 3200     *followed by an Interview workshop

Thursday, June 8     2:30 - 3:30 PM     SUR 2746     *preceded by a Cover Letter workshop
Wednesday, July 12     10:30 - 11:30 AM      SUR 2990     *preceded by a Cover Letter workshop
Wednesday, July 19     2:30 - 3:30 PM     SUR 3200     *preceded by a Cover Letter workshop

* Click here to download the complete SIAT Co-op Summer 2017 workshop schedule (excludes BOL sessions).

Intake Appointment

Upon completion of the above sessions and workshops, you must book an Intake Appointment to review the Co-op Agreement and your documents (including your online portfolio). Book your appointment with the Co-op Student Advisor, Helen Cheng via Symplicity (click "Request An Advising Appointment", found at the top right corner under Career Tools and Advising). Helen Cheng can also be reached at siatcoop_adv@sfu.ca, SUR 2562

Watch for the Announcement to Reserve your Spot in the next Seeking Pool!

An email announcement will be sent to all SIAT Co-op students (via siatcoop-current mailing list) mid-term each semester, to reserve a spot in the upcoming seeking pool. SIAT Co-op students at this stage are expected to have a complete online portfolio, an up to date resume and good cover letter writing skills to readily submit updated documents. Documents and seeking eligibilty will be reviewed. Students who missed the deadline to make their reservations will be asked to apply to the next seeking group.

NOW OPEN!! (announced Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 8:00AM)
Deadline: Wednesday, July 26, 11:59AM
Please complete all listed steps in the email announcement by the deadline to reserve your spot. Space to the seeking pool is limited, and students who submit incomplete applications will automatically be placed on a waiting list, and are not guaranteed a spot in the seeking pool.

Students participating in the seeking group for a Spring 2018 co-op term will be applying to co-op jobs throughout the Fall 2017 semester to secure a co-op term for Spring 2018 semester, and begin working in January 2018. Students who miss the above deadline will be asked to apply for the next seeking group, for a Summer 2018 co-op term. That reservation announcement will be made in early-November.  

Note: Pre-requisites to join the seeking group includes completion of above workshops (BOL I, Resume, Interview, Cover Letter and Portfolio Workshops, Intake Appointment), and having a polished online portfolio. Ideally you should be in full-time studies (minimum 9 credit hours) during your seeking term, as there are job opportunities where eligbility may require you to be in full-time studies the semester before your intended co-op work term. As such, for joining the seeking group for a Spring 2018 co-op term, you should strive to be in full-time studies for Fall 2017.

SEEKING STUDENTS Applying for Co-op Jobs during Summer 2017 for a Fall 2017 Work Term

Week Dates

Week 14 (Spring 2017) - Week 1 (Summer 2017)

 April - May

Work on your Documents to get Released

After applying to the SIAT Test Job, you will be informed of your next steps and/or seeking eligibility status. Use the feedback you received from your Co-op Coordinator to improve your documents. If your documents are approved, you will be Released on Symplicity to view and apply to jobs. The sooner you are released, the more job opportunities you will get to see to apply to!  

Not sure what is your current status? Check in on your Symplicity home page. 

1 May 10

Attend the Fall 2017 Seeking Orientation (mandatory for first-time Seekers).

Register through Symplicity (Events > Workshops). All SIAT Co-op students are welcome to attend. There will be student(s) presenting about their recent co-op experience(s).

Wednesday, May 10    1:00PM - 3:00PM     SUR 2980

 1 - 17+

May - September

Apply for jobs in Symplicity 

Students released on Symplicity starting early in the term may start viewing and applying to co-op jobs.


May - early September

Interview Period

Don't be shy to see your Co-op Coordinator to touch up on your job-search skills, or for help with preparing for your interviews. Your Co-op Coordinator can provide you with interview tips and conduct practice mock-interviews with you. The Co-op office also has resources you may look through too such as previous Work Term Reports and Interview Feedback Forms.  

1 - 16+

May - September

Out of town during the seeking term

If you will be out of town or unreachable at any time during the seeking term, please let the Co-op office know and provide details of your departure (whether you have access to alternate interview methods, such as via Skype, phone; and when you'll be back in town to be available for in-person interviews).


Students are required to be enrolled in the co-op course for each semester of your co-op work term, and are to complete all co-op requirements each 4-month semester. Enrollment to the co-op course will automatically give you access to our SIAT Co-op Canvas course that contains all information and resources to submit your co-op requriements.

Week Dates
2 & 3

May 15

May 21

Co-op Placement Basic Information and Learning Objectives

May 15: Deadline to complete your Co-op Placement Basic Information on Symplicity for your "2017 Summer"
May 21: Deadline to complete your 3 Learning Objectives

Submit the above to your "2017 Summer" job in Symplicity.

3 & 7 May 19

June 23


May 19: Deadline to pay applicable student fees (e.g. U-Pass, Student Activity, etc)
June 23: Deadline to pay the Co-op Practicum Fee

Refer to the respective term deadlines and your goSFU account for more information.

6 - 12
June - July

Site Visits

Arrange a site visit with your Co-op Coordinator to meet with you and your supervisor at your workplace (or via phone/Skype for out-of-town placements).

August 7

Work Term Report and Release Form

Deadline to submit your Work Term Report and signed Release Form via Canvas.

15 August 15

Online Supervisor Evaluation and Student Self-Evaluation

Deadline for your supervisor to submit your Online Supervisor Evaluation, and deadline for you to submit your Student Self-Evaluation.