Interested in continuing your studies at KPU and making connections, getting paid work experience and getting a foot into the door of an organization in your industry?
Students in the Co-operative Education (Co-op) program:
- Alternate between semesters of work and semesters of academic studies
- Earn wages to help defray educational costs
- Apply their classroom learning in the field, including enforcement/administration of regulations, research skills, working with social justice issues, and more
Students eligible for the Co-op program must be registered or conditionally accepted into an approved degree program, have completed 45 credit hours, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7 prior to their first work term.
TIPS FOR PLANNING AND SUCCESS
- Prepare early. It takes two semesters to prepare to go out on your first work term. One semester to take COOP 1101, and one semester to apply to jobs and secure a placement.
- COOP 1101—seats are limited per program. You indicate your interest in taking this course one semester prior by following the steps outlined on our site: kpu.ca/co-op to enrol in Co-op. You will be notified if you are given access to register, based on seat availability. Registration is first come first serve, once access is granted.
- Jobs are not guaranteed. Remember if you do not have related experience, then your flexibility, open-mindedness, and effort towards your first work term can lead to success.
- Students are expected to complete three 4-month work terms as a part of their program requirements, so a commitment from the student is expected.
- Your last semester must be an academic term so you need to plan to complete your Co-op requirements prior to your last semester of school.
- Students register into a Co-op work term course for each 4-month term of employment.
- Students pay 4.5 credits per work term and are registered in 9 additive credits (non-academic), which do not count towards your degree requirement. This also maintains full-time student status. Students complete work term course assignments online.
Information sessions about the benefits of Co-op are offered each term. To register or for more information, refer to kpu.ca/co-op.