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Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education

KPU is about experiential learning—where thought meets action. Apply for a Co-op program to alternate between study and paid work semesters, using your course knowledge and skills on the job.

Potential Students - FAQs Current Students - FAQs 

Co-op Work Permit Exception - Request Access to Jobs 

Co-op Important Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2023 Wrap-Up Dates

Dates Spring 2023 Wrap-up dates

Monday, Dec 19, 2022 

Last day for Co-op employers to post jobs for Spring 2023 (Co-op students can still apply for Spring 2023 positions until Dec 23, 2022)

Friday, Dec 23, 2022 Spring 2023 job postings cut off. Last day for Co-op students to apply for Co-op jobs for Spring 2023. 
Thursday, Jan 5 - Friday, Jan 13, 2023 Finalizing Co-op interviews and placements for Spring 2023.
Friday, Jan 13, 2023 Spring 2023 Co-op placements close

SUMMER 2023 Co-op Applications 

Dates Summer 2023 Co-op Applications

Saturday, Sept 10, 2022 

Co-op Application Opens
Friday, Feb 3, 2023 Co-op Application Closes
Applications received after Feb 3, 2023, will be processed for the Fall 2023 intake.
Monday, Feb 6, 2023 - Wed, Feb 22, 2023 Co-op Application Processing 
1st Week of March Decision Notification 

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IMPORTANT - Summer 2023 applications are reviewed at the start of Spring 2023. Credits in progress during Fall 2022 will count towards your completed credits.

  • Students in this intake complete COOP 1101 in Summer 2023 or later (if still eligible). 
  • You must complete COOP 1101 by the maximum credits for your Co-op program as stated in the University Calendar. Spring 2023 in-progress courses may exceed the maximum credits for your program and make you ineligible for Co-op.
  • Due to the shorter nature of diploma programs, students in the following programs are asked to consider Spring 2023 in-progress courses as completed when applying to Co-op.  
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Marketing Management
    • Public Relations
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management (Post-Baccalaureate)
    • Human Resources Management (Post-Baccalaureate)

Ready to apply for Co-op? Learn about the 3-steps here.

Please Check Back For Upcoming Co-op Information Session Dates 

Visit the Information Sessions page to sign up.


CO-OP VIRTUAL DROP-INS: Thursdays (12PM - 1PM PT)

Get your Co-op questions answered! Every Thursday, from 12pm-1pm, a representative from Co-op will be available to answer any questions you may have about the program. 

    Virtual Drop-In


    Welcome to Co-operative Education!

    KPU is about experiential learning—where thought meets action. Apply for a Co-op program to alternate between study and paid work semesters, using your course knowledge and skills on the job. KPU Co-operative Education programs have received accreditation from Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL). This accreditation provides national recognition and an affirmation that our Co-op programs comply with standards and guidelines. Maintaining accreditation criteria helps build quality into existing Co-op programs and provides a benchmark for setting up new Co-op programs.

    The Career Development Centre on the Surrey campus collaborates with successful businesses to create exciting work experiences for you in your field of choice. Not only will you earn a competitive wage and gain practical experience, you’ll be able to explore various roles within your chosen industry. Co-operative education options are currently available in a variety of programs—from accounting and criminology to entrepreneurial leadership and environmental protection. You’ll also hone the much sought-after “soft skills,” networking, and job search techniques that will help you land your dream position. Register for an info session to find out more.


    Watch a recent Co-op student’s testimony about his experience in the Co-op program and how it helped him to hone "soft" skills that are much sought-after by employers.


    The Career Development Centre is located in the Surrey Main room 136. Please click here for the location map.

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