New Students

Documentation

All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work on 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: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents apply for a Co-op work permit in order to be eligible to work off campus in a full time position. This is different than a Study Permit. For instructions on how to apply and what the processing times are, review the "Apply for a Co-op/Internship Work Permit" handout by International Services for Students.

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.

Group Orientation

During this mandatory session you will meet the co-op staff, learn about co-op opportunities, tips for success, and information on your participation through the program (1 hour).

Workshops

All workshops are offered each semester and should be completed as follows:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Workshop – Completed in the semester prior to your first seeking term (2 hours per workshop, done in classroom)
  • Bridging Online (BOL I) – Focuses on preparing you to identify and transfer your skills to the workplace. Students should complete this in the semester prior to the start of their first seeking term, typically Fall for MSE Students. If you are not able to participate in the Fall offering note that BOL 1 must be completed prior to attending our coop workshops.
  • Interview, Technical Report and Oral Presentation Workshop – Completed during your first seeking semester
  • Bridging Online II (BOL II) – Focused on helping you to transition to and engage with your new workplace. Completed prior to starting your first Co-op Placement (2-week, self-paced online course).

All students must attend each of these workshops during the assigned semester as part of the approval process to seek their first co-op job. Information about the date/location of these workshops is sent to the Mechatronics student body each semester.

Assignments

Students will complete additional assignments prior to accessing a co-op job posting to continue to improve their job search documentation and strategy. This process is also used for student to identify in which semester they wish to apply for jobs.

One-to-one Coaching

Students may connect with the Co-op Coordinator for additional Feedback on their Resume and Cover Letter or Mock Interviews.

  Work in Fall
2021
Work in Spring
2022
Work in Summer
2022

Preparation Term 
(Completing workshops)

Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021

Seeking Term
(Applying for Jobs)

Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022