Shape Your Future

Industry Connected | Academically Tailored | Internationally Recognized 

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Co-operative Education at the University of Lethbridge blends real-world work experience with academic studies, earning international recognition as a premier degree completion method. This program fosters partnerships between students, the university, and employers, offering an immersive learning experience and invaluable networking opportunities. 

Benefits

Transformative Learning (Making Connections)

  • Make connections between classroom learning and practical experience in a real-world setting.
  • Connect classroom learning with real-world experience.

Career Exploration

  • Explore a variety of employment sectors and gain perspective on various industries.
  • Discover your career options to make informed career choices.

Employment Skills

  • Develop valuable workplace skills to increase your marketability.
  • Enhance research skills for future work experience or graduate studies.
  • Gain job and life skills to assist in the transition from university to your career.

Networking

  • Build a network with industry professionals.

Career Readiness Support

  • Gain job search guidance. 
  • Tailor your resume, cover letter, and interview skills for success.

Post-Secondary Benefits

  • Earn competitive wages.
  • Access exclusive Co-op job postings. 
  • Maintain full-time student status while working.
  • Co-operative Education Designation.

Start Planning

1. Apply

Apply on MyExperience   

Open to registered students of any year.  Join early, ideally in your second semester, to prepare for the recruitment process which starts 4-8 months before the job start date.  You need at least 3 courses remaining in your degree to start a co-op.

GPA Requirements: Entry is based on cumulative GPA.  Review the requirements below to find out the minimum requirement for your program.

Degree Type GPA Requirement
BA, BFA & BSc Health Sciences Minimum 2.5 
BSc Minimum 2.3
BMgt Minimum 2.7
MA, MSc & MSc Health Sciences Minimum 3.0 
MSc (Mgt) Minimum 3.7 

NOTE: If you do not meet the cumulative GPA, you can still qualify by contacting the Co-op Office if you have met the GPA requirement in the last 2 consecutive semesters.  If you are transferring from another post-secondary institution, your transfer GPA will be considered for admission to the program.

If you do not meet the GPA requirements for admission, book an appointment with us to discuss a plan for success moving forward:

Student Success Centre 

Co-op Office

Career Coach

2. Attend

  • Attending the Co-op Admission Course is a requirement for entering the program.  
  • Dates to sign up will be found in the Co-op Application form on MyExperance and will be available from September to March to attend.  
  • The course will take approximately 3.5 hours and you will need to be present for the entire session.  Calgary based students will have an online option available.  
  • To prepare for the course go to:

Co-op Admissions Course Prep

If you need support with selecting a date contact the Co-op Office.

3. Sign Co-op Agreements

Every student is required to review and sign the Co-op Agreement to participate in the program.  This agreement will outline the full requirements of the Co-op program and expectations.  

Co-op Agreement & Release Form

This form will be reviewed and signed in the Co-op Admissions Course.    

 

Additional Agreements

International and Graduate students have additional forms to complete during the Co-op admission process.  Both will be discussed in the Co-op Admissions Course, but more information can be found below

International Co-op Agreement Form

Graduate Supervisor Approval Form Request

 

International students can find more about the process of entering Co-op and visas at: International Students Co-op Process

4. Application Documents Approved

You are required to create a successful set of Co-op application documents (resume and cover letter) based on a sample job posting. This exercise is designed to demonstrate your ability to analyze job requirements and tailor your application materials accordingly. The job posting used for this task does not need to be live but should reflect the types of positions typically available through the Co-op program.  

 

For support in creating these documents:

CAC prep webpage

Job Application Toolkit

Co-op Sample Job Postings

 

Application documents must be submitted for review by the end of the month following your attendance at the Co-op Admissions Course. Failure to meet this deadline may result in your application expiring. If you are unable to meet the deadline, please contact the Co-op Office to discuss possible accommodations.

5. Co-op Job Board Access & Apply

Once you have been approved and completed all other requirements, you will have access to the Co-op Job Board.  Ensure that you engage with the MyExperience platform, the web resources, and Co-op Office to find support as you apply and interview for positions.

Please be advised that even in job applications through MyExperience, your documents will be monitored to ensure that they meet the Co-op programs standards and employer needs.

Resources to help

Job Application Toolkit

Job Board

Apply today to Co-op to access the private job board to apply for positions

Log into MyExperience to start and select Co-op to apply

Apply Now

Current Co-op Opportunities

  • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Blue Sky Analytical Labs Ltd.
  • KPMG | Deloitte | PwC | EY
  • Teck
  • University of Lethbridge
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How Co-op Works

Discover the different types of co-op, and how they fit into your program

 

How to Apply

Apply for co-op based on the requirements for your program, including graduate studies

 

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