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Serena's Winter Co-op Adventure: Working at Iron Ore Company in Newfoundland

Human Resources

Wondering what it's like to work in HR and in Newfoundland? Read on to learn more about Serena's winter adventure and experience adapting to a new culture, environment and life away from home!

By: Serena Li 8912 reads | 0 comments

Words from Within: A Conversation with SFU Alumnus

Alumni Spotlight

"I wanted to give students practical tips on 2 different things. How being SFU alumni can help you secure a job. How staying involved with the SFU Alumni Association is a mutually beneficial relationship." - Travis Wong, BBA '09


Diary of a Marketing Co-op: Why is Everything Late?!?

Diary of a Marketing Co-op

In the next entry from our marketing co-op she contimplates her love of deadlines and fast paced changes, then how it all went out the window. Join her as she re examines the fluid nature of deadlines.

By: Elizabeth Moffat 4675 reads | 0 comments

Following CAFCE #coopweek on Twitter

coop week

CAFCE's #coopweek Twitter contest received tons of great responses from co-op students across Canada, sharing why they love Cooperative Education. Read on to see what co-op can do for you (maybe you'll even see yourself.)

By: Elizabeth Moffat 5223 reads | 0 comments

Website & Writing Experience as a Communication Student


As Communication students, we learn about the history of media and major theorists. Upon graduation, most of the job openings we encounter may require us to have more technical skills, something not necessarily taught in Communication courses. This was my reality when I was accepted into the Web Department at Canucks Sports and Entertainment  for my first work term.

By: Nicole Freeston 6612 reads | 0 comments

Life After Co-op Series: Connecting Local and Global Experience

BC Council for International Education

Christina Wu finished a joint major in Business and Communication at SFU and is now working as a Communications Coordinator for the BC Council for International Education. She sat down with us to share her rich Co-op experiences and how they played a significant part in developing the skills and connections she has today.

By: Melissa Chungfat 5671 reads | 0 comments

Jesse Faltus: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Jesse Faltus

Meet Jesse Faltus, a Computing Science student convocating this June. He has successfully completed three co-op work terms, and had a blast doing so! Read all about his experiences and why he recommends joining the co-op program.

By: Jesse Faltus 11460 reads | 0 comments

Diary of a Marketing Co-op: Site Visit

co-op site visit

Time flies. Our marketing student has already been on her co-op term for over two months, which means it's time to book a meeting room, fill out some forms on goals and achievements and arrange for a site visit.

By: Elizabeth Moffat 4997 reads | 0 comments

Diary of a Marketing Co-op: Work Found Me

Co-op Reflections

Part two of the Diary of a Marketing Co-op series looks at the adjustments our marketing co-op went through as she suddenly found herself going full speed ahead, and the learning curve suddenly went vertical.

By: Elizabeth Moffat 4528 reads | 0 comments

Co-op Australia: Working for YMCA and Health by Design

Co-op Reflections

Wondering what it's like to work on the other side of the hemisphere? Stephanie Hendy shares with us her international co-op experience working as a health and fitness instructor and personal trainer in Australia.

By: Stephanie Hendy 5977 reads | 0 comments

Barbados: A Day in the Life of an Audit Intern

International Co-op

Business Student Lee Wu spent his Co-op work term as an audit intern in beautiful Barbados. Read about his experiences - both in the office and on the beach.

By: wlsfu 6120 reads | 0 comments

A Life-changing Co-op Experience in East Borneo

International Co-op

In spring 2011, Indah relocated to East Borneo to work as a translator and tutor. After returning from her trip, she reflects on her life-changing experience and lessons she learned while she was working there.

By: Hayati Indah Putri 7907 reads | 0 comments

Barbados: My First Impressions and the Canadian Connection


If you want to spend a semester travelling, but don’t want to give up your opportunities to learn, then a co-op placement in Barbados could meet both of your aims. Learn how Lee Wu spent his Co-op semester as an audit intern abroad.

By: wlsfu 6079 reads | 0 comments

Government Workers, They’re Just Like Us: Joining the team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


My expectations going into my first co-op term with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) were high and, thankfully, the experience has been more than I could have asked for.

By: Alison Tan 2335 reads | 0 comments

Isabel's Bolivia Adventure: An Irreplaceable International Experience (Part 2)


The second installment of Isabel's international co-op adventure working with ICO (Instituto de Capacitacion del Oriente) in Bolivia.                                             

By: Isabel Bodrogi 5656 reads | 0 comments

Isabel's Bolivia Adventure: An Irreplaceable International Experience (Part 1)


Since its launch in 2005, the Students for Development (SFD) program has been supporting Canadian university students' participation in internships in developing countries and emerging economies. Isabel went on the SFD program in Summer 2011 where she worked with ICO (Instituto de Capacitacion del Oriente) in Bolivia.

By: Isabel Bodrogi 5631 reads | 0 comments

SFU Health Sciences Takes India! Lunch Time Bonding

International Co-op

Already three months has passed since we arrived in India. The four of us constantly talk amongst ourselves how we have become expert travelers. We no longer freak out when we have to take the train. We know how to negotiate with taxi drivers

By: Martyna Purchla 6085 reads | 0 comments

Life After Co-op: From Footballs to Law

Co-op Reflections

As an SFU Co-op alumni Susan Seto is one of the many success stories of the the program. Since graduating in 2008 her co-op experience has shaped her career and changed her life.

By: Melissa Chungfat 6847 reads | 0 comments

RISE to the Occasion

Co-operative Education

We highlight the experience of Elena Barbir, Chemical Physics major, in the RISE program which has sent her to Germany. RISE is a dynamic summer program that offers undergraduate students from Canada, USA and the UK in an opportunity to receive work experience in research labs for a period of three months.

By: Tapuwa Ruzvidzo 6856 reads | 0 comments

SFU Health Sciences Takes India! SFU is AWESOME!

Health Sciences

Christine shares her reflections on working and living in India for five weeks, as part of the Health Sciences Takes India series.

By: Christine 6128 reads | 0 comments