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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be accepted, you must complete the following criteria:
1. Completion of the Co-op Application Form
To apply for the Co-operative Education Program at SFU, please complete the Co-operative Education Application Form on our Apply to Co-op section.
2. Type of Degree
The SIAT Co-op program is open to full-time (minimum of 9 credits) undergraduate and post-baccalaureate diploma students currently declared or intending to declare an Interactive Arts & Technology major or minor. Transfer students, direct entry high school students, international students and mature students are all welcome to apply to the program.
3. Credit Hours
Apply as early as your first year; the sooner the better. Students must be willing and able to commit to a minimum of 3 Co-op work terms (or 1-2 for Second degee and Post Baccelaureate programs) prior to graduation, ending on a study term.
Note: You should ideally have completed 45 to 60 credit hours at the time you undertake your first work term. If you currently have more than 75 credits, please talk to to a co-op coordinator about your plan for co-op.
4. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
We encourage all students to come and speak with us. If your SIAT CGPA is under 2.40 before applying, please contact us at email@example.com.
5. Work Permit Requirements for International Students
Canada Immigration requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents apply for a Co-op work permit in order to work off-campus in a Co-op position. A letter requesting this work permit is prepared for each international student accepted to the Co-op Program. It is the student's responsibility to pick up this letter and apply for the Co-op work permit. The authorization process can be lengthy so start early!
It is important to realize what your commitment to co-op represents. Here are some points that will help you to make the best out of your co-op experience.
- All undergraduate students are required to commit to complete a minimum of three work terms (but ideally four work terms), and Second Degree and Post Baccalaureate students must commit to a minimum of one work term. Students should alternate between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete the minimum number of work terms will not be admitted.
- Co-op is about learning what you like and what you don't. We encourage students to “try out” various areas to ensure that when you graduate you have a good idea of the type of work you would like to pursue as well as the type of working environment you prefer.
- Occasionally students might not be placed right away. Don't be discouraged, continue to apply and keep in close contact with the co-op coordinators/advisor.
- Students are also encouraged to conduct their own "self-directed" work search with support from their Co-op Coordinator.
- Acceptance into the Co-op program does not guarantee placement in a work term. Students are required to apply for posted positions, and it is the employers who determine the applicants to be interviewed and hired.
- Searching for a Co-op work term is a lot like taking an extra course. Writing cover letters, preparing for and attending interviews, and preparing portfolios takes a lot of time and effort – but it pays off!
Are you ready to explore your options through Co-op? Apply now!