We encourage students to join the Co-op Program in your first year or as soon as you start classes at the U of L.
Jobs are posted from four to eight months before the start date at the beginning of each semester, so joining the program well in advance (and early in the semester) is a good strategy and leaves time to attend a workshop, have your resume reviewed, ready your documents and work on your interviewing skills before applying to co-op jobs. International students may require additional lead time for obtaining a Co-op Work Permit (at no cost).
Applications are currently being accepted for positions starting in Spring/Summer 2015. See important dates below.
• Sept 2, 2014: Spring/Summer positions start to go live on Co-op Job Board
• Sept 10, 2014: Apply to Co-op Program by this date for access to the most Spring/Summer 2015 positions
• Sept 10-30, 2014: Attend a Career Management Workshop
• Sept 10-30, 2014: Attend an Intake Appointment
• Sept 22, 2014: Postings start to close
• Oct 2-10, 2014: Book a practice interview with a Co-op Coordinator
• Oct 1, 2014: Interviews begin
• Oct 8, 2014: Offers begin
To be eligible to apply for and to remain in the Co-op program you must have:
There is no fee for applying to and participating in the pre-work term portion of the co-op program. Co-op tuition is only paid when a student has accepted a co-op position and is registered in a Work Experience course. The tuition is tax deductible, maintains a student loan in interest-free status and preserves status as a full-time, continuing student for seniority, scholarships, loans, and benefits eligibilty.
Co-op tuition is currently $622.10 per semester as listed in the University Calendar for Undergraduates 2014/2015 (see Fees section). In the case of a discrepancy between this page and the Calendar, please refer to the Calendar for the most accurate figures. The Board of Governors reserves the right to change fees and deposits as deemed necessary without prior notice.
The availability and number of co-op opportunities is dependent upon employers’ needs and labour market conditions. Co-op is not a placement, recruitment or staffing agency. The Co-op office does not "match" you with a job or employer.
However, the Co-op office does assist you with all aspects of the recruitment process and does the job search and follow-up for you. All positions are placed on a restricted Co-op job board open only to co-op students. Some positions are only available to U of L students. Other employers will hire throughout Alberta or Canada.
The co-op recruitment process mirrors that of the real-world, where applicants compete for available positions. Employers may post opportunities at a number of post-secondary institutions. Therefore, co-op placements cannot be guaranteed.
Make sure you have read over this page first, then follow these steps: