What is co-operative education?
Co-operative education combines full-time study with related employment. Students, employers, and the University work together so students can enhance their course work with practical experience.
- Full-time paid employment
- Usually for 4 months at a time (e.g. spring, summer or fall)
- Some employers require two 4 month work terms back-to-back
- Co-op placements are based on a student's field of study allowing them to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom.
- Students can have as few as one co-op work term and as many as five. If a student desires to complete the Co-op Program here at TWU they must complete a minimum of 3 work terms. After completion they receive a notation on their transcript.
If you are not sure if co-operative education is right for you set-up an appointment to find out more. Call (604) 513-2017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: You must currently be enrolled as a undergraduate full-time student at Trinity Western University in order to enroll in the Co-operative Education Program. Application and acceptance into the Program must occur before you have completed 90 semester hours.
To find out more read the Co-op Student Handbook or click on one of the questions below:
What are the benefits of being a Co-Op student?
How long is a work term and how many are required?
Do I receive credit for a co-op work term?
Who qualifies for the co-op program?
Do I get paid for my work experience?
What happens if I do not complete a work term?
What programs offer co-op?
Where have students completed work terms?
Can international students enroll in co-op?
- Helps you confirm interests and what you may or may not want to pursue as a career.
- Enables you to contextualize your course work.
- Builds self-confidence, professionalism while exposing you to the work field.
- Eases your transition from the education environment to the workplace.
- May lead to full-time employment.
Each work term represents 400 - 640 hours of discipline-related work, which is equal to working for one semester. You may customize your co-op program according to your needs or the needs of your employer by:
- Scheduling your work term during the fall, spring or summer semester(registration for a work term must be received prior to the add/drop date of the semester preceding your work term).
- Completing multiple work terms back-to-back (e.g. fall & spring semesters, spring & summer semester, etc.).
- Students must complete 3 work terms (a total of 12 months) in order to receive a notation on their diploma. Students can choose to take up to 5 work terms (20 months).
No, academic credit is not given for co-op, however work terms are recorded on your transcript if you complete the requirements of the co-op program.
To receive the certificate, you must successfully:
- Complete three work terms;
- Earn favorable employer evaluations;
- Receive passing grades on each work term report;
- Satisfactorily complete the 1 credit course Career Prep 100.
Most majors require you to complete a minimum of three study terms before you are eligible to participate in a work term (i.e. you must be a second year student heading into your second semester).
Selection into the program is based on:
- Academic performance-minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 except for English where a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required. In order to qualify for the co-op program in Chemistry, the student must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 and must have received an average lab mark of 80% in chemistry lab courses over the past 12 months.
- Semester hours earned - those who have already completed 90 semester hours or more can not enroll in the co-op program. For those with over 90 semesters hours think about possibly doing an internship or possibly volunteer to gain some additional experience.
- Communication skills
- Entrance Interview
Yes. Your salary will be current and competitive, though it will vary among employers. The Career Experience Office requests employers to pay a fair wage based on qualifications and the nature of the work.
To ensure your co-op work placement lines up with your career goals, The Career Experience Office empowers you to find your own work placement in a company that interests you.
To begin this exciting search come by the Student Success Centre for help in developing a professional resume and to receive tips for job interviews. You can search for co-op jobs in a variety of ways to start check out TWU Career Connect!
Not completing a work term constitutes a failing grade (F) that will go on your transcript. Once you have failed a work term, you will not be able to continue with the Co-op Program.
TWU presently offers co-op programs in:
- Business (all specializations)
- Environmental Studies
- Human Kinetics
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
In the past, we've placed students in these organizations:
- Athletes in Action
- Axis Interactive Design
- Bank of Montreal
- Barnabas Family Ministries
- City of Surrey: Parks and Recreation
- City of Missassauga
- Delta Recycling Society
- Environment Canada
- Class Software Solutions
- First Heritage Credit Union
- Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans: Small Craft Harbours
- Focus on the Family Canada
- IBM Canada
- Industry Canada
- Lau, Twui & Co. Accountants
- McMurray, Roberts Heming & Weyland
- Price Waterhouse Cooper
- Reachout Expeditions
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Samaritan's Purse
- Science Council of BC
- Surrey Community Services
- Surrey Metro Savings
- Vancouver Fire Prevention
Yes. International students may obtain an Employment Authorization Permit when they are accepted into the co-op program. This authorization is good only for an approved off-campus work term. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the Employment Authorization Form from Canada Immigration. International students must apply for and receive employment authorization before they begin a co-op work term in Canada. You must maintain full time continuous student status to remain in the Co-op Program which means you either have to be enrolled in TWU courses or be enrolled in a full-time work term.