Students complete a total of 12 months full time work experience through a combination of 4 or 8 month work terms, which generally alternate with school terms. Students on work terms are paid salaries, which are set by their employers. Students are registered in an academic course (WKEXP) in each 4 month work term, which are graded on a pass-fail basis.
Successful completion of each WKEXP course will require a site visit by a Co-op Coordinator, the completion of a work term report and an evaluation by the student's supervisor.
Students registered in the Cooperative Education Program are provided with considerable assistance in the location of suitable work placements. The Business Cooperative Education Office develops business related jobs and prepares cooperative education students through the Introduction to Cooperative Education workshops and seminars to conduct an active personal job search. Additionally, all Co-op students have an assigned Co-op Coordinator who provides 1 on 1 support and guidance throughout their time in Co-op.However, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining suitable work term employment rests with the student. The Co-op office does not, and cannot guarantee a placement for all Co-op students.
All work terms must be approved by the Alberta School of Business and during each 4 month work term students are registered in a Work Experience (WKEXP) course.