Cooperative Education Program

Bachelor of Commerce Co-op Students are available for 4, 8, or 12 month work terms  starting either January, May, or September. Employers often hire Co-op students to assist with specific projects, fill a term position, and/or identify talent who can convert into a full-time position after graduation.

More information about the Business Co-op Program can be found here.

What Can Co-op Students Do?

BCom students have a broad range of business skills, making them qualified for roles in areas such as:

  • Accounting: Corporate Accounting, Financial Reporting, Audit/Assurance Tax
  • Finance: Capital Markets, Treasury, Financial Analysis, Credit/Risk, Commercial Banking, Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Marketing Coordination and Research, Communications, Sales Support
  • Recruitment, HR Generalist
  • Data Analysis, Project Management, Operations/Supply Chain
  • Consulting, Research, Economic Research and Analysis

What are the Requirements for a Co-op Placement?

The Alberta School of Business Cooperative Education Program is an accredited program through Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning of Canada. The requirements for a Co-op placement are:

  • Job duties are business-related
  • Work terms must be at least 13 weeks of full time work
  • Positions are paid
  • Students have a dedicated mentor
  • Host on-site visits and evaluation

What are the Expectations of a Co-op Supervisor?

Students on a Co-op Placement should be assigned a dedicated supervisor who mentors the student. The supervisor needs to assist the student with setting learning objectives at the start of the placement, have a brief meeting with the student’s Co-op Coordinator midway through the placement, and complete a written evaluation form at the end of the placement.

How to Hire a Co-op Student

Recruitment for Co-op Students is ongoing throughout the year, with students available to start work in January, May, or September.

Employers can post jobs online through CareerConnect . Our process is flexible, allowing employers to contact students directly to arrange interviews and extend offers.

Next Steps

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at bizcareers@ualberta.ca

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