Prospective Students

Business Co-op is an optional program for undergraduate students in SFU Business to gain paid work experience within a professional business setting. In order to prepare our Co-op students to be successful, Beedie Business 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 Business 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 Fall 2021 Work in Spring 2022 Work in Summer 2022
Application Deadline February 4, 2020 June 4, 2021 October 4, 2021
Complete BUS Co-op Course:
Intro to Co-op Course
Spring 2020 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Seeking Term (Applying for Jobs)

Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022

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 30-60 credit hours.

Step 2: New Student Semester

BUS CO-OP: Intro to Co-op

After acceptance into our co-op program, you will be registered into a pre-requisite Canvas course where we 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:

  • Group Orientation
  • Job Search Workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Interview)
  • Specialized Workshops (Working In Canada, Working In Banking)
  • Bridging OnLine (BOL I)
  • Assignments (Self-Evaluation, Resume, Cover Letter, Student Information Summary, Work/Study Semester Plan, Work Permit (VISA))
  • One to One Coaching (Review Sessions, Mock Interviews)

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

Step 3: Seeking Semester

Upon successful completion of the "Bus Co-op: Intro to Co-op" Course, you will have access to the Co-op job postings to apply to positions that will begin the following semester.

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.