Taking advantage of SFU's reputed Co-operative Education (Co-op) program lets you test drive your career options in a highly supportive environment, while gaining practical skills and developing your strengths.
The longest standing (since 1975) and most widespread form of experiential education at the University, Co-op integrates paid, professional work experience in the field with your studies.
We educate you on how to apply the skills that you have gained from courses, volunteering, clubs and past work toward attention-grabbing job applications. Once you have mastered the art of the job application, you interview with Co-op employers for various roles. We are there every step of the way, conducting practice interviews, providing you feedback on your performance, and reflecting upon your professional skills.
Each Co-op student completes a minimum of three paid, resume-boosting work semesters – alternating with study semesters – to receive their Co-op certification. Four or more paid work semesters gets you a Co-op degree designation. Either one shows your future potential employers that you have experience, know-how, and a high level of professionalism.
So if you are ready to test drive multiple career options and develop resume-boosting experience that will set you apart – in a very noticeable way – from non-Co-op students, apply to the Program today. The best time to apply is first year, second semester (or first semester if you are a transfer student). Be sure to apply before you reach 90 credit hours, and remember to apply two semesters in advance of your first intended paid work semester.
Why wait until graduation to start your career?