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1100 Maggie Benston Student Services Centre, (604) 2913031 Fax, http://www.sfu.ca/coop
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 5829 Fax,
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.
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:
- · permission for release to prospective employers of copies of transcript
- · acceptance of the job match
- · agreement to register in the appropriate cooperative education course
- · agreement to inform Simon Fraser University of the acceptance of any cooperative education employment position obtained outside of the match
- · agreement to complete four (five for chartered accountancy) coop education work terms
- · all students that are accepted are responsible for following the policies and procedures outlined in the Co-op Student Handbook that is posted on the web.
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.
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.
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 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".
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.)
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.
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