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Student FAQ

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What is The University of Winnipeg's Co-operative Education Program?

Our Co-operative Education Program allows you, the student, an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in your chosen field while attending university studies.  This is actual, paid work that you can use to build a robust resume of skills and work experience.

How does Co-op work?

First, once you are accepted into the Co-op Program, you'll get valuable training on creating the best possible resume and tailored cover letters. You'll learn how to highlight your key transferable skills, read a posting and practice your introduction. You'll need this because you'll also be exposed to several opportunities to network with industry professionals. These are the people that hire students for meaningful jobs relevant in their degree program. We work with many local, national and international organizations. Many of whom will send us job postings at various times throughout the year that are specifically designed for Co-op students. Many job postings are only available for Co-op students.

Why choose Co-op?

Co-op offers students the unique opportunity to test-drive their career by gaining valuable hands-on experience in their field! Besides being a paid position, students can use Co-op and their work experience to build their resume by the time they graduate! You'll also get the opportunity to network with industry leaders, meet face-to-face, and ask questions and exchange business cards. With the training and development that all co-op students go through, you will gain life-long skills to further your career.

Can I get credit for Co-op Work Terms?

Students who successfully complete three work terms have the option to gain three academic credits during their third work term. The first two work terms will be non-credit and then you will be offered the opportunity to complete your third work term for three academic credits. If you do opt for the credits on your third work term, there will be an elective fee in addition to the Co-op program fee.

For the non-credit version, students will be enrolled in a non-credit course and receive recognition on their transcript via a standing grade to show their successful completion of a Co-op Work Term. Co-op program requirements include mid-term and end of term evaluations and a work term report.

What is the required commitment to successfully complete the Co-op Program?

The Co-op Program is carefully planned and constructed as to not interfere with your class time. Workshops, classes and guest speakers are typically held during Wednesday lunch hours while events are after classes or during academic breaks. The Co-op assignments are relevant to further your career growth. It is a mandatory requirement to complete the assignments and attend workshops.

What does the Co-op Program consist of?

Upon acceptance into the Co-op Program, you will be enrolled in Co-op Training & Development I which consists of a series of professional module classes that will prepare you for the job application, interviewing skills and networking necessary to be successful in the job search. These are updated regularly with the latest research, tips and guidance to ensure you have the best resume, cover letter, professional training and networking skills. You'll be able to decipher job postings, have your elevator pitch and key messages mastered long before you meet industry leaders and hiring managers at our co-op events. Events are hosted to help you meet professionals in person, learn from the experts and make valuable new connections.

If conducting more than one work term, you will also be enrolled in Co-op Training & Development II which delves deeper into Leadership, Diversity, Workplace Conflict and more.

Does everyone find a job in a Co-op work term?

Being accepted into the Co-op Program does not guarantee that you will secure a job. Co-op placement rates vary depending on economic stability and labour market trends. It is the student's responsibility to network, conduct job searches, apply for Co-op jobs and do their research. As a Co-op student, you'll be equipped with all the tools necessary to find meaningful work in your field. The Co-op Program is here to assist you with securing employment but we cannot guarantee that you will secure a Co-op job.

If I don't find a job, will I fail Co-op?

No. If you haven't found a job by June 1st, then you won't be registered in Co-op for that term as long as you keep in communication with the Co-op office. You will still have access to the Co-op Program support until September 1 of the academic year that you were accepted into the Co-op Program. You will have the option of re-enrolling in the Co-op program for the next academic year to pursue more opportunities.

How much does the Co-op Program cost?

The Co-op Program fee for 2023/2024 is $558.95. They are subject to change with each summer term*.

Can I be in the Co-op Program if I'm also in an International Exchange Program and/or an International Student?

We have several International Students each term that are able to take this program and work in their field. We review each application on a case by case basis. As an International Student, you will need a Co-op Work Permit once accepted - these can be applied for online and incur not additional cost. Please contact the Co-op office for more information.

If you are going abroad for an International Exchange Program for a term or two, you can still join Co-op provided that you are meeting all the International Exchange Program requirements and Co-op's eligibility requirements.

When do postings arrive?

Postings generally arrive several weeks/months before hiring begins. This gives Co-op students the ability to choose where they may like to work, and also prepare their resumes and cover letters accordingly. Typically for Summer job postings, we start to receive them in December/January for postings that are outside of Manitoba and February/March for positions in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Students are expected to pursue opportunities both in Manitoba and out of province

What support can I expect from the Co-op Office?

Besides the training and events offered, the Co-op Office is available during the week for any questions or concerns you may have about the program, jobs and resume building. We are in close communication with our students, faculty and our industry partners. We will also be with you every step of the way, from the interview and hiring process to the work placement and until your placement ends.

What salary can I expect?

Salary is negotiated between the hiring industry and the student.  Wages will depend on education, experience and the role that you'll be filling. Generally speaking, salaries in 2023 averaged at $18-20/hour. It is highly dependant on the position offered and the industry. In the end, it's the hands-on experience that's the most valuable asset for our students.