What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education integrates terms of full time study with full time employment. The University of Alberta Business Cooperative Education program requires students to complete three Co-op work terms (a total of 12 months of work experience) before graduation.
What are the Benefits to an Employer who Hires a Co-op Student?
There are many benefits to hiring a Co-op student, including:
● Access to a pre-screened talent pool of Business students who will bring a positive attitude towards working and learning into your organization.
● Cost-effective and efficient means of evaluating prospective future employees.
● Optimize workforce management by utilizing co-op students to fill temporary job openings, to efficiently manage project work or to assist with peak workload periods.
● Co-op students are available starting in January, May or September for either 4 or 8 month work terms .
● Co-op students bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to your organization, and they provide fresh perspectives and new ideas.
● Co-op students often have advanced computer skills that they can transfer to permanent staff.
● Simple, no cost hiring process.
● Co-op students are very mobile, and are willing to pursue opportunities anywhere in the world.
● Enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with the University of Alberta.
What Can Co-op Students Do?
Most Business Co-op Students are third and fourth year Bachelor of Commerce students. In addition to core coursework in key business disciplines, students gain more specialized knowledge through their chosen major, including:
● Record, reconcile and analyze accounting transactions
● Audit and prepare financial statements
● Prepare corporate and personal tax forms
● Assist with financial reporting
● Financial forecasting and budgeting
● Conduct risk assessment, financial modelling and analysis
● Plan corporate and personal finances
● Analysis and reporting of performance metrics
● Assist with brand management, product management and merchandising
● Create effective advertising and promotional materials, including websites, brochures and social media content
● Design and implement communications & public relations strategies
● Plan and coordinate special events
● Conduct market research
● Manage accounts and source new business development
Human Resources Management
Coordinate recruitment activities
Administer pay and benefits
● Develop and implement onboarding and training programs
● Design employee handbooks and intranet content
● Review and update position descriptions
Research HR best practices and employee engagement strategies
● Assist with HRIS functions and projects
● Create solutions using computer-modelling techniques
● Forecast demand for products and services
● Schedule workforce and production
● Research optimal plant and warehouse location
● Design and manage distribution and transportation networks
● Process analysis and supply chain management
Management Information Systems
● Provide technical support and training
● Research new technologies and products
● Assist with change management
● Manage client relationships
● Develop and implement improved databases and systems
● Conduct business analysis
Other Majors Include:
● Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
● Business Economics and Law
● Business Studies
● International Business (European Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies)
● Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
● Retailing and Services
● Management & Organization
● French Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce