Combine your Student Society Executive experience with SFU's co-op program.

Are you a student who is already registered in SFU's co-op program or is considering applying to co-op? Are you an elected candidate to the Executive Committee of the SFSS? Since Summer 2022, elected students have the option to count their SFSS executive roles as co-op work terms.

Students are registered into a co-op practicum course when completing a co-op work term which is recognized as full-time student status by the university. This means that as a co-op student, SFSS executives can maintain full-time student status while serving executive roles with the SFSS.

Just like with any co-op position, it will also count towards the three co-op work terms required to receive a Co-op Degree Designation upon graduation.

FAQs Below

FAQ for elected students

Can all students in any faculty qualify their SFSS Executive role as a co-op work term?

No. FAS Co-op students in Engineering, SEE, MSE that are required to complete technical work terms will only be able to count their SFSS Executive role as a non-technical, non-mandatory co-op term. (Check with your faculty co-op program for further details).

How many co-op work terms can I complete as part of this executive role?

It is up to you if you would like to count between 1 to 3 terms towards a co-op.

Please work with your faculty co-op program to register you for each semester within the appropriate practicum course.

Are international students required to have a co-op work permit to work in the SFSS executive roles?

Yes, they must have a valid co-op work permit. International students may use their on-campus permit to work until their co-op work permit arrives.

Please visit this website for the most up to date information regarding co-op work permits in Canada:

Dealing with a difficult issue during your work term?

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Not yet registered in Co-op?

SFSS Executive roles may only be registered as a co-op work term after students have been accepted into their faculty co-op program.  Students must meet their faculty co-op program's application requirements for admission.  See here for a list of Co-op programs and their admission requirements.  

Accepted students should contact their Co-op Coordinator or Advisor to request having their SFSS Executive role registered as a student-developed work term.  

Students that have missed the application deadline for their co-op program but still want their executive role to be considered should contact your faculty co-op program office.

Where can I find more information about Co-op?

Learn more details here.

When should I apply to co-op?

It is best to apply to co-op early, ideally after your first year of study at SFU.

Is it too late to apply to co-op?

Typically we encourage students to apply to co-op in their second year of academic studies (between 30 to 60 credits), however if you've completed 90 or more credits, do not count yourself out. It may not be too late to participate in co-op. Please talk with a co-op staff member in your home program or faculty.

Already registered in Co-op?

Are all co-op work terms paid?

Yes, it is a national co-op accreditation requirement that all co-op work terms are paid. SFSS Executive Committee members receive a stipend which meets this accreditation requirement.

I have been elected to the Executive Committee, how do I count my role as a co-op?

Congratulations on being elected, you must contact your home Co-op office, and inform them you would like to count your SFSS experience as a co-op work term. Your co-op program will classify it as a self-directed co-op work term.