What is a conditional acceptance?
If you are conditionally accepted into the Co-op Program it means there is some course requirements you must successfully complete before your first work term. Once the required course/courses are completed you must still meet the required GPA for your major.
How much does it cost to participate in Co-op?
|Co-op Program Fee||$650|
|Work-Term Course||Applicable 3.0 credit hour course fee|
*Co-op fees are non-refundable and subject to change.
Will Co-op guarantee me a job?
No, the Co-op office cannot guarantee you a Co-op work-term. The hiring process is competitive and subject to market conditions. Although, we cannot guarantee you a work-term, the Co-op office will support you every step of the way to help you secure a job.
A big part of your success will be in your hands. How much of your time you invest in your job search process, the quantity of positions you apply for, the quality of your resume and cover letter, and of course a positive attitude towards some of the roadblocks you may face.
How do I find an employer or position?
Through the Professional Development Series you will learn how and where to look for job postings, this is why it is important you fully invest yourself in the workshops. The Professional Development Series will equip you with the tools to start your job search. If you are in the need of help the BU Co-op office will help your job search endeavors; by reaching out to businesses in our community, informing you and other Co-op students of job postings, and meeting to create a plan for success.
Can I arrange my own employment?
Yes! We work closely with you to assist you in locating possible positions. You should apply for as many positions as you wish – the more applications, the more job prospects. You may know of companies in your hometown that may hire Co-op students. You need to submit the company and position information to the BU Co-op office for approval.
Can I work somewhere other than Brandon, MB?
Yes! Your job market is as vast as you wish to make it. As long as you are willing to live in the new location you apply, or if it is a remote work environment the Co-op program will assist you with you application.
How much will I be paid?
Employers set salaries. Typically, your salary increases with each work term, but this not guaranteed. Students are typically paid hourly with average wages between $12 to$19 per hour but this depends on many factors, including the industry, the level of the position, and local economy.
How long is a typical work term?
Do I get get credit for my work term?
Can international students apply to Co-op?
Yes! International students can apply to the Co-op Program. As an international student you are required to apply for a Co-op work permit. Once you have been accepted into the Co-op Program, the Co-op office will provide you with the appropriate application forms for a Co-op work permit. This should be done as soon as possible as processing time may vary, and you cannot accept a job until the Co-op work permit has been approved.
Is there any documents I need for Co-op?
If you are working in Canada, you require a Social Insurance Number (SIN). Your SIN number is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Canadian government programs. SIN numbers can be obtained through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), a Federal Government department dedicated to helping people secure work in Canada. For more information
Finally, you may be required to complete additional company-specific documentation prior to starting your work term, for example, non-disclosure agreements.
What does my Co-op Coordinator do?
Your Co-op Coordinator works with you one-on-one before, during, and after your job application process. They will help you identify appropriate jobs, prepare, and construct a plan for you to apply and have greater chances of success. During the academic year your Co-op coordinator teaches the Professional Development Series and will assist you with any questions that arise.
When can I expect to begin my first work term?
|Year 1||Full time – 15 cr.||Full time – 15 cr.||Apply to Co-op|
|Year 2||Full time – 12 cr.||Full time – 12 cr.||Work Term I – 3 cr.|
|Year 3||Full time – 12 cr.||Full time – 12 cr.||Work Term II – 3 cr.|
|Year 4||Full time – 12 cr.||Full time – 12 cr.||Work Term III – 3 cr.|
|Year 5||Full time – 9 cr.|
Can I change my work/study sequence?
You must maintain pre-determined work/study sequence while participating in the Co-op work terms. If there is an opportunity or circumstances which warrants a change of sequence, students should contact the Co-op Coordinator to seek their recommendation.
If a change of sequence is recommended by their Co-op Coordinator, students are responsible for:
- A written request, providing details reasoning with proposed action plan
- A revised course plan with unofficial transcript
- Arrange a Study/Work sequence change request review with the respective Academic Chair or his/her designate. Once the academic department has reviewed and endorsed the change of Work/Study sequence, it is the student’s responsibility to submit the documents to the Co-op Office for final approval and administration.
Please note that in some cases it may not be possible to make a change and the request will not be approved. Students who voluntarily change their work/study sequence without permission will be withdrawn from Co-op.
When do I start looking for a position?
Do I have to return to the same employer?
What if I am unable to find a job?
Majors with Co-op
Faculty of Arts
- Aboriginal Arts
- Applied Disasters & Emergency Services (ADES)
- Business Administration
- Digital Media & Design
- Gender and Women’s Studies
- Native Studies
- Political Science
- Rural Community & Studies
Faculty of Science
- Applied Disasters & Emergency Services (ADES)
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science