Apply as early as first year - the sooner the better. If you're interested in joining co-op, but not sure if you meet our requirements, please contact

Application Criteria

  • 45 credit hours minimum completed prior to first work term
  • CGPA of at least 2.40
  • Registered as a full-time student (minimum 9 credit hours/semester)
  • Commitment to completing 3 working semesters
  • Completion of the Co-op Application Form

    Have 80 credit hours or more?

    Before applying to co-op, please book an appointment with our SIAT Co-op Advisor ( to discuss your eligibility for the co-op program.

International Students

Canada Immigration requires students who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants to apply for a Co-op work permit in order to be eligible to work off campus in a full time position. After you have applied to and been accepted into SIAT Co-op, you will receive confirmation of registration plus information about how to apply for your co-op work permit.

Once you are accepted into Co-op, follow these instructions.

Things to Consider

Involvement in SIAT Co-op requires a significant commitment from you. You’ll want to consider these points carefully before applying.

Got Time?

Success in Co-op means a time commitment. Co-op students say that applying for Co-op jobs is like taking an extra course. You’ll compete against university students across Canada for jobs. Writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, attending Co-op workshops... it all takes time and effort. Like most good things, the more you put in, the better the payoff.

  • At least 3 additional semesters. All undergraduate students are expected to complete at least 3 work terms, ideally 4, alternating between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete at least 3 work terms will not be admitted.
  • It’s competitive. Acceptance into Co-op does not guarantee your placement in a specific work term. Students apply for posted positions; employers decide who to interview and whom to hire.
  • Plan to apply 2 semesters prior to your first work term. Apply as early as first year; the earlier, the better.
  • Success can be a moving target. Some of our best co-op students are not placed in the first semester they try.
  • Immerse yourself. In the same semester you apply to Co-op, you’ll be immersed in a professional pre-employment program which includes coaching in resumes, cover letters, portfolios and interview preparation.
  • Don't worry... if you didn't get a job immediately. Many of our students are placed late in the semester. Some of our best jobs are posted later in the semester.
  • Stay the course. Remember: only tailored, flawless applications get you shortlisted. Spend the time to create customized documents and you’ll get results; otherwise, don’t apply.
  • Co-op is about learning what type of work you like and don't like. We encourage our Co-op students to apply for jobs that cross diverse fields during education. By the time you graduate, you’ll have formed ideas about the type of work environment you’re best suited to, and these will be grounded in real life work experience.