Once you complete the job-seeking Canvas course, you will be “released to seek” which means you have access to SIAT Co-op job postings in myExperience.
You must register in at least one academic course while seeking, but we strongly encourage full-time studies (minimum 9 credit hours) to qualify for positions that may require full-time status (e.g. positions funded by grants or international positions for work visa applications).
How to Be Successful:
Want to be competitive and outsmart the crowd? Here's how:
Check the Job Postings section of
Know Your Competition
Jobs posted with SFU Co-op are often posted at other institutions too. To get shortlisted for an interview, it’s crucial to prepare a customized cover letter and resume for every single job.
Be Ready to Interview
Check your email daily to see if you've been shortlisted for an interview. If you receive a message “shortlisting” you for a job, sign up for an interview time in the Interview section of
You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for an interview. Work reports from previous co-op students are a great resource. Check with the SIAT Co-op Program Assistant for work report availability. Also, you’re encouraged to meet with your Coordinator prior to an interview; it helps settle your nerves and gives you added insight
Keep your options open.
Each Co-op position posted in
Many positions, however, actually cross over into more than one discipline. Therefore,
Avoid Generic Applications
Generic applications don’t get you shortlisted. They’re just a waste of your time and the employer’s time, plain and simple. Spend the time to create customized tailored cover letters for each and every job; otherwise, don’t apply. We weren’t kidding when we told you Co-op takes time… this is why! Expect to spend at least 2 - 3 hours per application.
Consider Self Directed Work Term
This is an opportunity for you to create a Co-op work term with a new employer contact. For more information, go to "Co-op Options" page.