Cooperative Education Program

COVID-19 UPDATE - April 23, 2020

In response to COVID-19 the Alberta School of Business has made significant changes to the start dates and a reduction to the number of hours a student needs to work to qualify for a Co-op placement. New Co-op placements will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, however, now part-time placements and June/July start dates will be considered. Please contact James LaFleur at jlafleur@ualberta.ca to discuss your situation.

For over 25 years Alberta School of Business Co-op students have been essential to thousands of organizations across the country. They help meet project deadlines, free up staff time for peak workloads or vacations, and provide opportunities for businesses to screen potential employees. Our students are admitted based on academics, previous work experience, and extracurricular activities which means they are knowledgeable, eager, and capable.

Employer Responsibilities

The Alberta School of Business Cooperative Education Program is an accredited program through the Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning of Canada. This means our employers must ensure:

  • Work terms must be ≥ 13 weeks
  • Positions are either 4 or 8 months long
  • Placements start in Jan, May, or Sept
  • Host on-site visits and evaluation
  • Positions are paid
  • Positions are full time
  • Job duties are business-related
  • Students have a dedicated mentor

Co-op Posting Schedule

Co-op work placements follow the academic year. This means that placements can only start in May, September, and January and be 4 or 8 months in duration. You can post jobs on CareerConnect at any time but typically we recommend to post and recruit 3-4 months before the hiring date:

Example 1 - For a May Start Date - post in January/February and have the selection done by February

Example 2 - For Sept Start Date - post in May/June and have the selection done by June

Example 3 - For January Start Date - post in Sept/Oct and have the selection done by Oct

Student Capabilities

Our BCom Co-op students are capable of handling almost any business-related task. Examples of previous Co-op Placements include:

  • Communications Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Banking Analyst
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Equity Analyst
  • Event Coordinator
  • Finance Assistant
  • Financial Reporting Assistant
  • HR Assistant
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Junior Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Oil Marketing Assistant
  • Operations Analyst
  • Procurement Associate
  • Project Assistant
  • Recruitment Assistant
  • Sales Intern
  • Staff Accountant
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax Analyst
  • Trading Assistant
  • Treasury Assistant

Next Steps

If you have a placement in mind please feel free to create an employer account and post your opportunity on CareerConnect which is the Alberta School of Business Job Board.

If you still have questions or want to learn more please feel free to contact us at bizcareers@ualberta.ca.