Student FAQ

Co-operative Education Program

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, after you apply for COOP I, (by October 1st deadline), 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 perfect your 30 second elevator pitch. 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 have over 400 industry partners, many of whom will send us job postings at various times throughout the year that are specifically designed for Co-op students.  These job postings will password protected for Co-op student access only!

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 it 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 people, meet face-to-face, and ask questions or exchange business cards.

What's the difference between Co-op for credit and Co-op not for credit?

The Co-op Program, application process, cost and professional training is exactly the same for both credit and non-credit.  The differences are that the for-credit program will allow you to earn three academic credits per work term.  The grading system and Final Work Term Project will differ as well.  If you opt for the credit version, there will be an elective fee in addition to the Co-op fee, and you'll work with a supervising professor for your final project and receive a grade.  (This grade will affect your GPA).

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.  Modules are typically held during lunch hours and events are after classes or during break.  The assignments are relevant and not difficult nor time consuming to complete.  Only COOP I is required to attend classes and events.  

What does the Co-op Program consist of?

COOP I (or your first term in Co-op) consists of a series of eight or more 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 posts, 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.

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

We can't guarantee a job for each student, but the UWinnipeg Co-op Program is within the national average.  It's up to the student to network, apply for the Co-op jobs and do their research.  Be assured, that as a co-op student, you'll be equipped with all the tools necessary to find meaningful work in your field.

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

No.  If you haven't found a job by April 30th, then you won't be registered in Co-op for that term as long as you keep in communication with the Co-op office.

How much does the Co-op Program cost?

The Co-op Program fees for 2017/2018 is $435.00.  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 Student Work Permit.  Please contact the Co-op office for more information and ways in which we may help.

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. 

Co-op job postings are only available to Co-op students and are password protected. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be given the password to access the jobs.*

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

Besides the module training we offer, 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 students every step of the way, from the interview and hiring process to the work placement onsite visits and until their 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 2017 ranged between $13 per hour to well over $20 per hour, with others paying even more.  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.