Prospective Students

Beedie Co-op is an optional program for undergraduate students in SFU Beedie to gain paid work experience within a professional business setting. In order to prepare our Co-op students to be successful, Beedie Co-op students need to have experiences outside of the classroom such as part time work, volunteer or club experience in advance of their first semester applying to Co-op jobs. Some previous experience, while not necessarily paid, is important to Co-op employers when considering applicants to their jobs. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact a Beedie Co-op Career Advisor at

Application Deadlines

Co-op students must apply to the program 2 semesters before their intended working term, so make sure to start your application well before the deadline.

  Work in Spring 2025 Work in Summer 2025 Work in Fall 2025
Application Deadline May 5 OR June 23, 2024 September 2 OR October 21, 2024 January 6 OR February 24, 2025
Complete Beedie Co-op Course:
Intro to Co-op 101 Canvas Course
Summer 2024 Fall 2024 Spring 2025
Seeking Term (Applying for Jobs)

Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Summer 2025


  • New Beedie Co-op students must complete our Orientation 100 Canvas course and the 7-week Intro to Beedie Co-op 101 preparation Canvas course, which includes Beedie-specific resume and cover letter training and coaching with the Beedie Co-op Career Advisors. Depending on when you apply during the semester, you will have two opportunities to complete the course requirements in either cohort A or B each semester.
  • After completing these two course requirements and passing an evaluation, you will be eligible to seek for co-op jobs in the following semester.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2024 are as follows:

  • OPTION A: Apply between June 22 - September 3, 2024 to complete your New Student Co-op courses between September 4 - October 22, 2024.
  • OPTION B: Apply between September 4 - October 22, 2024 to complete your New Student Co-op courses between October 23 - December 4, 2024.

Regardless of which option you choose, all FALL 2024 New Beedie Co-op students who successfully complete their requirements will be eligible to seek starting in Spring 2025 (January) to work in Summer 2025 (May).

Application Requirements

  • Must be formally admitted to the Bachelor of Business Administration program
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum CGPA of 2.4
  • Minimum completion of 30 credit hours*

*students must have completed 30 credit hours by the start of their New Student semester.

When to Apply

  • Ideally, between 30 and 80 credit hours
  • Two semesters before your first intended co-op work term: (allow one semester for New Student preparation and coaching, plus one Seeking semester to apply for co-op jobs)

Keep in mind: 

  • You are expected to complete three co-op work terms before completing your degree (and you cannot graduate on a co-op work term).
  • Completion of three co-op work terms will earn you valuable industry experience, as well as Co-op designation on your final transcript.

Application Instructions

Students with 30–80 credit hours

  1. Check application deadlines
  2. Apply online

Work Permits (International Students)

International students are required to obtain a valid Co-op work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before applying to SFU Co-op jobs. Once accepted into the Co-op program, you will be issued a letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

Students with 80+ credit hours

  1. Check application deadlines
  2. Complete a Work/Study Plan and email to: *applications will not be considered until this plan is received
  3. Apply online

Co-op Timeline

Check out the timeline below to see how you can fit Co-op into your Beedie journey.

Step 1: Apply to Co-op

Before being approved to join the Co-op Program, you must complete the online application form. It is recommended that you apply between 30-80 credit hours.

Step 2: New Student Semester


After acceptance into our co-op program, you will be registered in our prerequisite Canvas courses, Orientation 100 and the 7-week Intro to Beedie Co-op 101 preparation program, which includes Beedie-specific resume and cover letter training and coaching with the Beedie Co-op Career Advisors. During this time, Beedie Co-op Advisors will work with you through the semester to develop your job search skills to a competitive level. 

Content for the course during the semester includes:

  • Orientation to Co-op
  • Advanced Job Search Workshops (Resumes & Cover Letters)
  • Beedie concentration-specific Workshops (Working in Finance, Working in Marketing, etc.)
  • Assignments (Job Posting Analysis, Resume, Cover Letter, Student Information Summary, Work/Study Semester Plan, Work Permit (VISA), etc.)
  • One to One Coaching & Advising (Resumes, Cover Letters, Seeking Evaluations, Mock Interviews, etc.)

Visit the New Student page to learn more about the Co-op Process

Step 3: Seeking Semester

Upon successful completion of the "Beedie Co-op: Intro to Co-op" Course, you will be eligible to gain access to the Co-op job postings. Your Beedie Co-op Coordinator will contact you with additional instructions.

Step 4: Working Semester

Students that successfully compete for a co-op job will be registered into their Co-op practicum course and begin a 4 or 8 month work term during this semester.