Prospective Students 

Thank you for your interest in the SFU Science Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program. If you think the program might be right for you, here's what you need to know about joining the program.

Application Requirements

Faculty of Science Student

Undergraduate: You must be formally admitted to a BSc program in the Faculty of Science (undeclared or declared major) and in good academic standing. NOTE: Students with majors in the BPK area should apply to the Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology Co-op Program.

Graduate: Interested graduate level students should discuss their individual interests with a Co-op Coordinator and with their academic supervisor. NOTE: Co-op is only available at the graduate level in the Faculty of Science for Masters of Environmental Toxicology, Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science students.

Academic Requirements

Undergraduate Students:

  • We encourage you to apply after completing 30 units. If you have over 90 units, make an appointment with your coordinator to discuss your eligibility prior to applying.
  • Please review the specific academic requirements below for your major/program area. 

Graduate Students:

  • Please review your interest and academic eligibility with a Co-op Coordinator and your academic supervisor prior to applying.

All Students:

  • New students must join at least two semesters prior to their intended first co-op work term.
  • Undergraduate students must commit to a minimum of 3 co-op work terms during their degree (min. of 1 co-op work term for graduate students).

Work Permits (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.

Once accepted into the Co-op program, you will be issued a letter to include in your work permit application.

We recommend applying for the work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

Application Process

Step 1:

Please ensure that you have reviewed the Admission Requirements below for your specific major or discipline area.

Step 2:

Attend the Science Co-op Information Session held at the start of each semester. Check the Important Dates page for times and locations.

Step 3:

Complete the General Co-op Application Form.

Admission Requirements

Students are encouraged to join Science Co-op at least two semesters prior to the semester in which they intend to be working. Students should have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and completed at least 45 credits prior to their first work term. Students need to have a viable plan to integrate at least three work terms into their academic schedule.     

SFU Co-op considers each student individually.  If you are not sure of your eligibility based on the specific program requirements, please speak with a Science Co-op Coordinator.

Things to Consider

Expectations of students who join the Science Co-op Program:

  • New students must join at least two semesters prior to their intended first co-op work term.
  • All undergraduate students are expected to complete a minimum of 3 work terms, alternating between work and study semesters. Graduate students complete a minimum of 1 work term.
  • Acceptance into the Co-op program does not guarantee a Co-op work term. Students need to actively apply for posted positions, and employers determine who to interview and hire.
  • Searching for a Co-op work term is a lot like taking an extra course. Writing cover letters, preparing for and attending interviews, and attending Co-op workshops takes a lot of time and effort, but it's worth it.
  • Expect to have FUN too! Not only is a Co-op work term a welcome break from courses, but the Co-op staff are here to help you along the way - resume feedback, practice interviews, career-related consultations, and check-ins during your work terms.
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