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Apply as early as first year - the sooner the better. If you're interested in joining co-op, but not sure if you meet our requirements, please contact email@example.com.
School of Interactive Arts & Technology Student
You must be formally admitted to the Bachelor of Interactive Arts & Technology program and in good academic standing.
- CGPA of at least 2.40
- Registered as a full-time student (minimum 9 units/semester)
- Commitment to completing 3 working semesters
- 45 units minimum completed prior to first work term
- Completion of the Co-op Application Form
Have 80 units or more?
Before applying to co-op, please book an appointment with our SIAT Co-op Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your eligibility for the co-op program.
Students are required to be registered in at least one academic course during the seeking term, but ideally 9 units to qualify for positions that may require full-time status.
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.
Work Permit for 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.
Involvement in SIAT Co-op requires a significant commitment from you. You’ll want to consider these points carefully before applying.
Success in co-op means a time commitment. Co-op students say that applying for co-op jobs is like taking an extra course. You’ll compete against university students across Canada for jobs. Writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, attending co-op workshops... it all takes time and effort. Like most good things, the more you put in, the better the payoff.
At least 3 additional semesters
All undergraduate students are expected to complete at least 3 work terms, ideally, 4, alternating between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete at least 3 work terms will not be admitted.
In the same semester, you apply to co-op, you’ll be immersed in a professional pre-employment program which includes coaching in resumes, cover letters, portfolios and interview preparation.
Stay the course
Acceptance into co-op does not guarantee your placement in a specific work term. Students apply for posted positions; employers decide who to interview and whom to hire.
Success can be a moving target
Co-op is about learning what type of work you like and don't like. We encourage our co-op students to apply for jobs that cross diverse fields during education. By the time you graduate, you’ll have formed ideas about the type of work environment you’re best suited to, and these will be grounded in real life work experience.
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