Co-operative Education provides students with the opportunity to integrate degree-relevant, paid work experience with academic study and offers MPP students a unique opportunity to apply newly developed skills in a practical context and build a network of professional contacts.
The Public Policy Co-op work term occurs in the May to August timeframe between the first and second year of the program. All students must complete the 12-16 week co-op term as part of their program requirements except when a student has considerable public policy work experience and receives permission from the program director for exemption.
SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Co-op Education Department is renowned for their expertise in recruiting high-level co-op opportunities and is ranked among the best co-op programs in Canada. The SFU program is accredited by Canadian Association For Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and is focused on maintaining high levels of student focused services. In addition to a unique and engaging student preparation program, SFU’s commitment to service ensures both student and employer needs are recognized and addressed every step of the way.
Furthermore, Co-op coordinators work directly with Public Policy students in small groups to develop and improve resumé writing, cover letter and interview skills. One-on-one practice interviews and extensive resume feedback sessions ensure that you are well prepared for your co-op job search. You will have full access to SFU Co-op’s online job posting system exclusively for registered Co-op participants, as well as, resources and support if you intend to pursue an independent, self-directed search for a position that meets Co-op workterm criteria.