New Students

Welcome to FAS Co-op! Check out your next steps for preparing for your first work term:

Requirements & Preparation For Co-op

Co-op Prep Course

The FAS Co-op Prep course is intended to help you understand the co-op process and provide resources. You must complete the prep requirements in order to start your co-op job search.

For further information about Co-op, take a look at the SFU Co-op Student Guide.


All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work a Co-op term:

  • Social Insurance Number: For information about how to obtain a SIN, review the Applying for a SIN handout by International Services for Students.
  • MSP registration: For information about the medical insurance that students need, including while on a Co-op term, review the SFU Medical Insurance page.

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. This is different from your off-campus work permit. Once you are registered in the Co-op Prep Course, you will find instructions on how to be issued the Co-op letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the Co-op work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

The Co-op office must have a copy of your valid Co-op work permit prior to students being released to apply for Co-op positions.

Terms & Conditions

Engineering Science students must also agree to the Terms & Conditions of the ENSC Co-op program, which includes an understanding of the number of work terms required, the completion of work terms before completion of academic studies, and the requirements for communication with the Co-op program and its employers. The Terms & Conditions agreement and instructions will provided to students new to the program. Students should also review the Co-op requirements and policies of the School of Engineering Science that relate to Co-op. More information will be provided in the Prep Canvas course.


The following workshops are offered each semester on both the Burnaby and Surrey campus:

  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Interview Skills

All students must attend each of these workshop as part of the approval process to seek their first Co-op job. Information about the date/location of these workshops is available in the FAS Prep course.

These workshops build on the knowledge that students gain from the Communication courses that are integrated in the first year of all Engineering Science students' first year. The facilitator will offer current industry trends and expectations, and support students to move their marketing materials and interview strategies to a more professional and technical level.

Register in the ‘Events Calendar’ on myExperience.

One-on-One Advising

Students will be given individual, one-on-one advising, feedback and mock interviews when needed or requested with the Co-op advisors and coordinators. Meet them here.

Engineering Transfer Students from Another Institution

You will be contacted by a Co-op representative with information for your next steps after your admittance to SFU. If eligible, you may be fast tracked through the Co-op process. If you have any questions, please connect with your Co-op coordinator.