Student FAQ's

Application to Co-op

How do I apply for Co-op?
How can I get an appointment?
What year should I be in to apply?
What should my GPA be?
What if I’ve already graduated?
Are workshops mandatory?

Applying for Jobs

Can someone help me with my resume and cover letter?
How do I apply for a job posted on the board?
Is it my choice where and when I go on Co-op?
If I want to apply for more than one position with a company, should I submit a covering letter for each position?
I’ve applied for a job but have not yet heard back?
I’ve had an interview and have not yet heard back?
I’ve applied for several jobs and am not getting any interview calls, why?
I’ve had several interviews but have not received any job offers, why?

Work Terms

How do I register a Co-op work term?
Can my summer job/part time job/full-job be used for Co-op?
Why would I want to do a self initiated Co-op?
If I am on a Co-op work term away from Lethbridge can I take an evening course at a local university?
How often should I contact the Co-op Office?
Are International Co-op placements available?

Fees/Costs

Why do I pay tuition for a Co-op work term?
When are my Co-op fees due?
How can I pay my Co-op fees?
Is there a reduced tuition fees for self-initiated Co-op?
Do employers pay relocation costs?
Do I still pay co-op fees after I graduate?

Student Loans

What happens to my student loan if I am on a Co-op work term?
How come I have to fill out Confirmation of Enrollment Forms when I'm on a Co-op but I don't have to during an Academic Term?

Graduation/Academics

Do I get academic credit for Co-op?
What happens if I don't complete the required three Co-op work terms?
Can I finish my degree on a Co-op work term?


Application to Co-op

How do I apply for Co-op?

  • Click here for more information on joining the Co-op program

How can I book an appointment?

  • Login to your Career Bridge account to book an appointment yourself or contact us for more information.
What year should I be in to apply?
  • We encourage you to apply in your first year - the sooner the better!

What should my GPA be?

  • Your GPA should be at least 2.50. If your GPA is lower than this, please still apply as we evaluate applicants on a case by case basis.

What if I have already graduated?

  • The Co-op program is for undergraduate students who have not completed their degree. If you have already graduated, Career and Employment Services (CES) is available to help with resume writing, on-campus recruiting and career research. Contact CES for more information.

Are workshops mandatory?

  • There are two introductory sessions that are required to be admitted to the Co-op program. But following those, no. However, they are strongly recommended and do increase your chances for success.


Applying for Jobs

Can someone help me with my resume and cover letter?

  • Please feel free to ask us for assistance with your resume and cover letter. We can give you valuable tips and suggestions that can make your application a winner. Also, plan on attending one of our regularly offered workshops.

How do I apply for a job posted on the board?

  • Click here for more information about the job application process.

Is it my choice where and when I go on Co-op?

  • You have the right to decide where and when you want to do a Co-op work term.
    However, it is recommended that you not limit yourself too much as that will decrease the number of opportunities available to you.

  • University of Lethbridge Co-op students have worked in countries like England, Germany, Israel, and the United States. You can do Co-op anywhere in the world at anytime during your degree. You should talk to the Co-op office or Arts and Science Academic Advising about sequencing your courses with work terms.

If I want to apply for more than one position with a company, should I submit a covering letter for each position?

  • Yes, unless the posting tells you otherwise. A covering letter greatly increases your chances of being selected for an interview and allows you to relate your skills to the specific job requirements. Many applications go to Human Resources Departments and then are distributed to individual Managers.

I have applied for a job but have not yet heard back?

  • Our office is diligent in following up with employers. Once interviewees are selected, we will notify all candidates, successful or not. Please note: we follow up with employers after 2 weeks has lapsed. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding jobs you have applied for.

I have had an interview and have not yet heard back?

  • Once hiring decisions are finalized, our office will contact all candidates, successful or not. Contact us if you have any concerns.

I have applied for several jobs and am not getting any interview calls, why?

  • Sometimes the recruitment process can be quite lengthy. Our office does its very best to keep students up-to-date on the status of all positions. If you would like to discuss the effectiveness of your cover letter and/or resume, contact us to book an appointment.

I have had several interviews but have not received any job offers, why?

  • It may be related to your interview approach and strategy. Contact us to book an appointment and discuss this further.


Work Terms

How do I register a Co-op work term?

  • Co-op Work Terms are registered through the Co-op Office. Contact us to register your work term and click here for more information about your Co-op work term.

Can my summer job/part time job/full-job be used for Co-op?

  • A full-time job can be used as Co-op provided it is related to your degree and will provide learning opportunities. A Co-op Coordinator will make this determination. Contact us if you would like to use an upcoming or current full time job as a Co-op work term. This type of Co-op is called self-initiated Co-op.

Why would I want to do a self-initiated Co-op?

  • The advantages of doing a Self Initiated Co-op include, but are not limited to:
    • Getting that first work term under your belt. It is often the case that subsequent work terms are easier to secure once the first one is completed.

    • Rate of pay at many companies is based on the number of academic courses and Co-op Work Terms completed.

    • First step toward getting your Co-operative Education Designation.

    • Personalized job search assistance. If you have special requests for specific locations and/or companies one of our Coordinators will work with you and provide you with assistance, tools and support.

If I am on a Co-op work term away from Lethbridge can I take an evening course at a local university?

  • Yes, a number of students have completed one additional course per work term, however this does require special permission. Please contact your Coordinator for further details.

  • You should contact your Academic Advising office to ensure the course fits into your program and that you will receive transfer credit. You may be required to complete a Visiting Student Authorization form.

How often should I contact the Co-op Office?

  • In addition to your monthly reports, contact us whenever you have an update, question or concern. If they are of a serious or urgent nature, do not wait for the site visit. Keep us updated on any developments in your career/academic life. It is also recommended that you update your address and resume often and provide us with the most up-to-date version.

Are International Co-op placements available?


Co-op Fees/Costs

What do I pay tuition for a Co-op work term?

  • As Co-operative Education is an academic program where your Co-op work term is noted on your University transcript, a tuition fee is charged for each work term. By having the work term be included in your transcript, it is not only valuable experience and boosts your resume, but it signals to employers that your work experience included a quality position with a quality employer affiliated with the University.

When are my Co-op tuition and fees due?

  • Co-op fees are due on the last day of classes for the semester that you are on a Co-op work term. See important dates.

How can I pay my Co-op tuition and fees?

Is there a reduced tuition fee for self-initiated Co-op?

  • Students doing a self-initiated Co-op bear the same responsibilities (reports, site visit etc.) and pay the same tutition and fees. Click here for more information.

Do employers pay relocation costs?

  • Some employers do pay relocation costs. The biggest determining factor is where the employer is located. Our postings will tell you if the employer is paying relocation costs. Stop by the office if you have further questions.

Do I still pay co-op fees after I graduate?

  • Your participation in the Co-op program ends upon graduation. As a result you don't pay any work term fees after graduation.


Student Loans

What happens to my student loan if I am on a Co-op work term?

  • Since you retain your full time status while on a Co-op work term, you will remain in interest free status. YOU MUST arrange to have Confirmation of Enrolment forms completed for each semester you are on a work term. Contact your loan provider for more information and feel free to contact the Scholarships and Student Finance office with any questions.

Why do I have to fill out Confirmation of Enrollment Forms when I'm on a Co-op but I don't have to during an Academic Term?

  • When you process your student loan, the confirmation of enrollment in full time studies is done automatically.


Graduation/Academics

Do I get academic credit for Co-op?

  • You get Co-op credit but you don't receive academic credit for Co-op. Co-op work terms are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and are extra to your degree. The completion of a Co-op Work Term is recorded on your official university transcript which can be shown to potential employers. You receive the real "credit" for Co-op at the completion of your 3rd work term when you receive the Co-op designation with your degree.

What happens if I don't complete the required three Co-op work terms?

  • Not completing three work terms means you don't receive your Co-op designation. Receiving the designation does demonstrate to employers that you've taken the time to go beyond a degree. Our office encourages all Co-op students to obtain their designation.

Can I finish my degree on a Co-op work term?

  • Yes, students can complete their academic degree requirements then complete Co-op work terms, provided you have not convocated. Your Academic Advising office can provide you with a letter that states you've fulfilled your degree requirements.