What is CO-OP?
The CBU Co-operative Education Program is an excellent opportunity for students to combine their academic study with work experience and discover their passion. While working with a mentor in their field of study students will earn a wage, academic credit* and gain self knowledge, confidence and a competitive edge for future employment and/or educational pursuits (*varies by program).
By joining the CBU Co-op Program you will:
- Develop valuable job search skills
- Learn about yourself and your goals within your chosen field
- Identify your preferred work environment
- Discover how your degree applies in the workplace with support from faculty members
- Broaden your network/contacts with professionals who can provide career mentorship
- Return to studies with relatable experience, confidence and self-knowledge!
How does CO-OP work?
- Each work term consists of a full-time paid position that is a minimum of 12 weeks and/or 420 hours in length
- Co-op Work Terms can take place in the Fall, Winter or Summer
- You can arrange your own job and/or compete for positions posted by Career Services
- You can work locally, nationally or internationally
- While on Co-op, you are still considered to be a full-time student by both CBU and Canada Student Loan
- For every work term you complete, you will be registered in a co-op course and pay the 3 credit course tuition fee. Registration in the course maintains your full-time student status with the university and is mandatory. You will receive 3-credits per co-op course which count toward your elective credits* (*varies by program).
- While on your Work Term you will complete the following academic course requirements: creating initial goals/objectives with your employer, completing bi-weekly logs, a site visit by your Student Placement Officer, a final evaluation by your employer and a final reflective Work Term Report connecting your studies to your work experience.
- This is a Pass/Fail course that will be graded by a faculty member from your discipline. Your grade in this course will not impact your overall GPA.
- CBU follows national guidelines as defined by CEWIL. To earn a Co-op Degree credential, students must successfully complete 3 Co-op Work Terms (4 yr degree), 2 Co-op Work Terms (3 yr degree), 1 Co-op Work Term (2 yr, 60 credit, diploma).
- You can take Co-op Work Terms back-to-back. Students must return to full-time studies for a minimum of one full-time semester (9 credits) prior to graduation.
Who can apply to enroll in the CO-OP Program?
- Bachelor of Arts, 3 and 4 year degree programs, all disciplines
- Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment, 3 and 4 year programs
- Bachelor of Arts Community Studies, 3 and 4 year programs, all disciplines (replaces Work Placement Core Courses COMS 2101/3101)
- Bachelor of Business Administration, 3 and 4 year programs, all disciplines
- Bachelor of Engineering Technology, 3 year degree program only, available to Petroleum and Electronics & Controls concentrations only (*course credit not earned in this degree program)
- Diploma in Public Administration (replaces Internship)
Eligibility varies by program
How to Apply?
The Co-operative Education Program is delivered through the CBU Career Services Department. For more information and to join Co-op, contact your Student Placement Officer:
- Nadine Ratchford, Manager Career Services
- Megan Ringer, Student Placement Officer (Business)
- Student Placement Officer (Sciences and Arts)