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Cooperative Education


1100 Maggie Benston Student Services Centre, (604) 2913031 Fax, http://www.sfu.ca/coop

Director

Ms. N. Johnston, 778.782 3836

Arts Program

6176 Academic Quadrangle, 778.782 5875 Fax

Ms. P. Johnston, Program Manager, 778.782 3041

Ms. C. Rose, 778.782 5751

Ms. E. Therkelsen, 778.782 3776

Business Administration Program (including CA)

2310 Lohn Building, 778.782 5922 Fax,

Mr. J. Hsieh, 778.782 3308

Ms. Y. Jin, 778.782 3270

Ms. M. Klemetski, Program Manager, 778.782 4993

Ms. A. Lee, 778.782 5540

Ms. S. Tonsaker, (604) 268-6688

Communication Program

6139 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 4024 Fax,

Ms. D. Sedo, Faculty of Applied Sciences Program Manager, 778.782 5954

Ms. M. Shimizu, 778.782 -3862

Ms. E. Wah, 778.782 5542

Computing Science Program

9917 Applied Sciences Building, 778.782 5829Fax,

Mr. T. Botelho, 778.782 3217

Ms. H. Chicoine, 778.782 3917

Ms. M. Guertin, 778.782 3393

Ms. C. Vetterli, 778.782 3239

Engineering Science Internship Program

9827 Applied Sciences Building, 778.782 4951 Fax,

Ms. T. Behrisch, 778.782 5806

Mr. A. Jenkins, (604)2686703

Kinesiology Program

K9620 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 3040 Fax,

Ms. D. Heisler, 778.782 4541

Science and Environment Program

778.782 3031 Fax

Mr. P. DeGrace, 778.782 3115, 7130 Robert C. Brown Hall

Ms. M. Fetterly, 778.782 4654, 8108 South Science Building

Mr. J. Simms 778.782 5347, 8110 South Science Building

Mr. E. Simons, Program Manager, 778.782 4123, K10507 Shrum Science Centre

Dr. A. Toby, 778.782 5934, 1138 Maggie Benston Student Services Centre

Cooperative Education is an international model of enriched education, which integrates a student's academic studies with learning through related work experience. Co-operative Education reflects the cooperative relationship between the educational institution, the employer and the student.

Admission to the Program

Cooperative Education is mandatory for engineering science and optional for all other coop programs. For information on the engineering coop program, see see "School of Engineering Science"..

Co-op programs are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and visa students. Visa students in coop programs are eligible for work permits which are only valid for jobs arranged through the coop program.

In-Course Application

Interested students should visit the coop education website at www.sfu.ca/coop. They should also attend program specific information meetings held the first and/or second week of classes, and should contact appropriate co-ordinators as early in their university career as possible, but no later than one semester prior to the first work term. Transfer students should make contact with the coop office as soon as possible and must complete at least one study semester before engaging in a work term. Students transferring from an approved coop program elsewhere, and who have successfully completed work terms, can receive transfer credit for those work terms up to the point that they still must complete 50% of their degree program, including work terms, here at Simon Fraser University.

Students are urged to apply to coop as early as possible. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of recommended learning-based and employability skills workshops that will improve their chances of successful employment.

Acceptance into the Cooperative Education Program

Acceptance into the co-op employment process is based on academic performance and entry interviews where motivation, interpersonal, and communication skills are evaluated. Students must normally have 45-60 credit hours and a CGPA of at least 2.5 before participating in the coop employment process. Some departments have additional requirements and students should check with their program of interest.

Participation in the Coop Program

The Employment Process

Once a student is accepted into the pre-employment process portion of the program, the student can actively engage in the employment competition. Job opportunities are identified and posted through coop, and students may select opportunities for which they wish to compete. Students can choose which positions to apply to, may be selected for interview, and may or may not receive an offer. They have the option to accept or decline an offer, based on the contractual obligations and ethics associated with their progression in the employment process. These obligations are made clear to all participants at each point in the employment process. Once a student has accepted a position, they are obligated to that work term. Students are required to have a practicum registered with academic records (Office of the Registrar) once they have accepted employment.

Application form submission and/or participation in the job competition indicates a commitment to the program and acceptance of the following:

Operation of the Program

The coop co-ordinators facilitate all pre-employment student preparation, negotiate work terms, meet employers to establish employer needs, and meet with students to monitor progress. They oversee job competition and visit students on the job, counsel and advise students, and deal with special problems that may arise.

Specialty Options

Students may also opt to find/create their own opportunities, locally or abroad. Assistance is provided upon request by the co-op office for students seeking their own employment and wishing to count it as a co-op term. Self-initiated jobs must be approved by the co-op program in advance of the work term, and students are required to register and pay for the appropriate co-op practicum.

International co-op opportunities continue to grow with the assistance of specialty programs such as Coop Japan which is focussed on specific regions and the development of greater opportunities world wide. Students are encouraged to contact the international co-op liaison, Muriel Klemetski at 778.782.4993, or their co-ordinator for more information.

Work Sequence

The work study charts below show two possible work term and study semester patterns. An alternating sequence, beginning before year three, provides the best learning structure. Other combinations can be arranged to meet student and employer needs, as long as employer requirements for students in the fall and spring terms are met. Students may not end their chosen sequence on a work term. (See samples below.)

Coop Fees

Coop is a value-added educational experience, and as such, has associated participation fees. Currently, a coop fee is charged for each four month work practicum in which the student enrols. These fees are tax deductible. For further information see see "Undergraduate Fees".

Graduation Requirements

Degree Program

Four work terms (five for the CA program) must be successfully completed for a degree with a coop designation. Successful completion of a work term includes a passing grade (comprised of both a work project evaluation and a work performance evaluation) and compliance with minimum standards of participation. (A work term is typically full time employment for 1316 weeks in duration.)

Certificate Option

Students (except CA and engineering) who attempt and successfully complete three work terms may apply to the coop office for a certificate of completion. The same performance criteria as noted above are required for the certificate option. Students will receive a certificate stating they have successfully completed the requirements for the coopcertificate. Certificate students do not receive recognition on their degree, nor are they eligible for further work terms in their current program.

Sample Work/Study Sequence
Semester I

September to December

Semester II

January to April

Semester III

May to August

Year 1

study semester #1

15 credit hours

15 cumulative credit hours

study semester #2

15 credit hours

30 cumulative credit hours

study semester #3

15 credit hours

45 cumulative credit hours

Year 2

Work term #1

study semester #4

15 credit hours

60 cumulative credit hours

Work term #2

Year 3

study semester #5

15 credit hours

75 cumulative credit hours

Work term #3

study semester #6

15 credit hours

90 cumulative credit hours

Year 4

Work term #4

study semester #7

15 credit hours

105 cumulative credit hours

study semester #8

15 credit hours

120 cumulative credit hours

Sample Work/Study Sequence
Semester I

September to December

Semester II

January to April

Semester III

May to August

Year 1

study semester #1

15 credit hours

15 cumulative credit hours

study semester #2

15 credit hours

30 cumulative credit hours

study semester #3

15 credit hours

45 cumulative credit hours

Year 2

study semester #4

15 credit hours

60 cumulative credit hours

Work term #1

Work term #2

Year 3

study semester #5

15 credit hours

75 cumulative credit hours

study semester #6

15 credit hours

90 cumulative credit hours

study semester #7

15 credit hours

105 cumulative credit hours

Year 4

Work term #3

Work term #4

study semester #8

15 credit hours

120 cumulative credit hours



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