Co-operative Education

Computing Science Co-op Education Program

Co-op is potentially one of the highlights of your degree. It’s also one of the main reasons you should consider SFU for computing science. You’ll gain experience, explore career options, build contacts and earn credits – all while getting paid. Over 85% of our co-op students find employment within three months of graduation through the network they built while working with their co-op employers.

What is the co-op program?

The Computing Science co-op education program formally integrates academic study with relevant, paid work. Experience what it’s like to work at large companies such as SAP, EA, Broadcom, BlackBerry, Google and Samsung, or small-to-medium sized companies such as Avigilon, East Side Games, Simba and Mobify. There are few better ways to apply your classroom knowledge in a real-world setting.

Why join Co-op?

Talk to any student who has taken the program and they’ll give you a host of reasons why you should apply. Here are some of the main benefits

  • Gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Apply classroom learning in practical situations
  • Build a strong application for graduate studies
  • Explore different career options
  • Work locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Gain job interview practice
  • Expand your professional network
  • Experience different work environments
  • Develop “soft” skills, such as communication and time management
  • Build your resume
  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Get help financing your studies

Where are the jobs located?

SFU Computing Science has more than 350 active co-op employers looking for students. Students have completed work terms in Vancouver and across Canada, as well as internationally in the USA, Japan, France, Austria, the UK, China, Taiwan, Korea and Chile.

Imagine adding one or more of the companies listed below to your resume.

  • SAP
  • Sony Picture Imageworks
  • Mobify
  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • Blackberry
  • HSBC
  • Telus

Located in a major technology center, Metro Vancouver is home to local and international companies in finance, software development, telecommunications, gaming, bioinformatics and many more.

Can I take the program if I am an international student?

Yes, after completing the necessary steps to obtain a work permit. Please contact your co-op coordinator for more information.

What types of jobs are available to Computing Science students?

Here's a list of prospective jobs that SFU co-op employers have posted:

  • Interactive media developer
  • Software developer
  • Game developer
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Network security analyst
  • Quality assurnace analyst
  • Project manager
  • Product manager
  • Database administrator
  • Technical support
  • Software tester
  • Application programmer
  • Software designer

Visit Computing Science co-op education for more details.


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