Want to add major companies to your resume before you graduate? Keen to work with entrepreneurial start-ups aiming to become the next big thing? Your mandatory -- and paid – co-op placement gives you invaluable real-world experience and shows future employers that you have the right hands-on skills.

You’ll be part of one of the best and most diverse co-op programs in Canada. With at least 2000 job postings every year and more than 350 active employers, it’s a proven route to career success. In fact, over 85% of our co-op students find employment within three months of graduation through the network they built via their co-op placements.

SPECIAL NOTE : All Graduate ( Masters and PhD) students must contact the FAS Grad Co-op Coordinator, Afshan Basaria atabasaria@sfu.ca  prior to applying for Grad Co-op.

How It Works

Your co-op experience includes three work terms in research or industrial facilities, often designing and building real products. After completing your co-op requirements, you’ll return to campus for at least one final academic term.

At least two of your three mandatory co-op terms must be completed in industry (MSE 293, 393, 493). Students may participate in additional work terms but are encouraged to seek diversity in their experience. The three mandatory work terms may include one special co-op term (MSE 294,394 494). Special co-op may include, but is not restricted to, self-directed, entrepreneurial, service or research co-op work terms. Permission of the MSE co-op office is required.

MSE

293

CO-OP PRACTICUM I

(1st Work Term)

MSE

393

CO-OP PRACTICUM I

(2nd Work Term)

MSE

493

CO-OP PRACTICUM III

(3rd Work Term)

An optional non-technical work term (MSE 193) is also available through the MSE co-op education office and is often completed after the first two study terms. MSE 193 does not count toward the mandatory three-course requirement.

The MSE co-op program can also seek opportunities for students wishing to complete their thesis requirements in an industrial setting.

Why It Works

Co-op enhances a student's employability after graduation. We work with our students to help them prepare their job search strategies and materials, conduct professional interviews and support the exploration and development of their career goals. Our students secure work terms across Canada, in Silicon Valley, and internationally in places such as Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Here are some of the additional benefits of co-op:

  • Gaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Applying classroom learning in practical situations
  • Building a strong application for graduate studies
  • Exploring different career options
  • Working locally, nationally or internationally
  • Gaining job interview practice
  • Expanding your professional network
  • Experiencing different work environments
  • Developing “soft” skills, including communication and time management
  • Building your resume
  • Gaining relevant work experience
  • Helping to finance your studies

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