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Co-operative Education and Career Services

Co-op Step-by-Step


Follow our step by step guide to prepare yourself for a successful Co-op or Internship experience:

What is Co-op?

Camosun offers Co-operative Education (including Internships) in various programs across the Schools of Arts & Science, Business, Trades & Technology, and the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education. You are joining a rapidly growing number of students who are choosing to participate in this enriched form of post-secondary education. Co-operative Education will give you the opportunity to alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work, better preparing you to embark on your career after graduation. Note that the scheduling and criteria for internships may differ, and the work experience can include voluntary and unpaid work.

Co-operative education is an educational-based strategy, not a job placement strategy. Credited work terms promote continuous learning through the integration of classroom and applied work-based learning. It is a learner-centered model that empowers you, the student, to direct your own learning and to make a valuable contribution in the workplace. Your learning will be guided and supported by the employer and the institution with a faculty member from your program assigned to coach, monitor, and evaluate your work term development.

Co-operative education and internship designations

You may earn either the "Co-operative Education" or the "Internship" designation on your graduation credential, depending on your program of study and the details of your work experience.

For complete details on requirements for the Co-op and Internship designations, contact us.

Plan your work term

If co-operative education is mandatory for your program, you will normally receive information about co-op options during your first week of class. A program orientation will be held prior to the start of your first academic term.

If co-operative education is optional for your program, a co-op information session will be held during the term prior to the workplace education preparation seminar. At this meeting we will cover frequently asked questions about co-operative education and options for your program.

Talk to your Program Chair, Co-op & Internship Coordinator, or login to the Co-op and Career Portal to book a Co-op/Internship Information Appointment with an Employment Facilitator to get more information. Together you determine what timeline is most appropriate for you to take the mandatory Workplace Preparation course COOP WEP before your first work term. Technology students will take CDEV-WPS and Hospitality Management students will take HMGT 100 as part of their program.

Co-op work term transfers

Acceptance into a Co-op option at another institution does not guarantee eligibility for co-operative work experience in a Camosun program. If you seek to transfer work term credit from another institution you must apply in writing to the Director of Co-operative Education and Career Services.

Please contact us for details on the transfer credit criteria.

International students

Under Canadian Immigration Law, as an international student you are eligible to participate in co-operative education and you can legally work in Canada during specified work terms.

The Work Permit Checklist for international students will assist in planning your participation in co-operative education. You should identify yourself to the Co-operative Education and Career Services office immediately in order to begin the process to apply for the appropriate visa.

The full international fee structure will apply to international students registered in Co-op.

Prepare for the work term (pre-requisite courses)

To prepare for workplace learning, you must first complete the mandatory prerequisite course that prepares you for the workplace. Depending on your area of study, you complete either the Workplace Education Preparation workshop series COOP WEP or the Career Development Seminar, Workplace Preparation Skills CDEV-WPS, for Technology students. The Hospitality Career Skills course HMGT 100 is a mandatory course for Hospitality Management students and is offered through the Hospitality Management program.

COOP WEP and CDEV-WPS are offered several times throughout the year by Employment Facilitators, one of whom will be your primary contact and coach as you prepare for and seek a work term.

COOP WEP as well as CDEV-WPS offer a combination of online self-study materials and quizzes enhanced with a series of scheduled interactive workshops where you will develop your career search skills. These workshops will also give you opportunities to meet industry people and practice your skills on potential employers.

Plan carefully to ensure completion of COOP WEP or CDEV-WPS at least one semester before commencing your first work term.

“The strength of this course lies in the fact that the people behind not only of the course but of the entire Co-operative Education Department have diverse knowledge and experience about co-op and the actual workplace environment which they can share with the students. Their teamwork is great in delivering this course.”

Co-op WEP Business student, Fall 2017


Through online materials and a series of interactive workshops, you will gain the knowledge, tools and skills for successful career management.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the current and desired skills, knowledge, talents and interests for job search and career management
  2. Prepare a targeted cover letter and resume appropriate to your career path
  3. Develop and execute a networking strategy to maximize career opportunities
  4. Prepare for and perform well in a variety of interview situations
  5. Access resources related to workplace legislation and regulations
  6. Describe the relevance of any anticipated work term to the academic program

About CDEV-WPS (Technology Students)

Through a series of applied and interactive sessions you will learn how to market yourself effectively to prospective employers. You will develop and hone individual employment skills including job search, networking, and interviewing, and discover current and future workplace opportunities and potential career paths.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate current skills, knowledge, talents and interests and apply these to a work experience or a potential career
  2. Prepare a targeted cover letter and resume appropriate to your career path
  3. Develop and implement a networking strategy to maximize career opportunities
  4. Prepare for and participate in, various interview situations
  5. Access resources related to legislation and regulations to understand worker rights and responsibilities

Some form of workplace education preparation is standard at most colleges and universities offering co-operative education in Canada. All normal Camosun tuition and registration procedures apply.

You'll web declare and register for the work term pre-requisite courses COOP WEP or CDEV-WPS on Camlink or through Registration.

Admission requirements

To register in a work term course on Camlink or through Registration, you need to:

  • be registered in a Camosun program with an approved Co-op or Internship option
  • meet or exceed the minimum academic/course requirements set out by your program*
  • have successfully completed the work term pre-requisite courses COOP WEP, CDEV-WPS, or HMGT 100

Note If you are not sure whether you will do a work term or a full slate of classes, you can web declare and register for both using the same deposit. As long as you act within the allowed time period, you can then decide to drop one of the activities you choose without penalty. If you do register in this manner, note that the initial tuition fee statement will reflect the total cost.

Depending on course scheduling and work place requirements, it may be possible to continue part-time classes while on a work term.

Criminal Record Check

The Criminal Records Review Act requires that students registered in a post-secondary program, where they may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults, must have a criminal record check done by Camosun College through the B.C. Government's Criminal Record Review program.

If you are planning to apply for a Co-op work term position(s) that involves contact with vulnerable adults and/or children, you must complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) through the Camosun college process. The CRC clearance is mandatory and you must receive it before you report to your first day of work on your Co-op/Internship work term. If this process is not completed, your work term may be in jeopardy.

The employer may also require a CRC and either accept the Camosun CRC or require one done through their organization.

Registration, Fees and Deadlines

Normal fee deadlines and withdrawal dates are in effect for work term courses. Learn more about college registration policies and deadlines.

Secure a Placement

1) Access and actively use the online Co-op student job board on the Co-op and Career Portal.
  • Email your program’s Employment Assistant at the beginning of the term preceding your desired work term. For example, if you would like to complete a Summer work term you would need to email the co-op office at the start of the Winter term.
  • Upon fulfilling the admission requirements and accepting the Co-op Terms and Conditions on the Co-op Dashboard on the Co-op and Career Portal, you'll be gaining access to the co-op job posting board where you'll find co-op and internship positions in local and national industries.
  • If you are planning on completing multiple co-ops, you will need to complete this process each time.
2) Consult with your Employment Facilitator or Co-op and Internship coordinator for guidance on self-developing a position or to convert an existing position to a credited work term.
  • Student developed positions may be eligible for work term credit and you are encouraged to self-develop work term positions.
3) Once you have secured a position, make sure to let your Employment Facilitator know immediately and verify your registration status.

4) Earn academic credit while you work!

During your work term

Your co-op experience is an opportunity to exercise your knowledge and skills and to prove to yourself and your employer(s) that you are a capable and motivated employee. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, initiative, attitude, and your willingness to seek out and benefit from opportunities to learn from your co-workers and supervisors. You are also an ambassador for Camosun and for the students who follow you. The best advertising for co-operative education at Camosun is a satisfied employer who wants to hire a co-op student just like his/her last.

For any problems, questions, or challenges you encounter, please contact your supervisor and/or your Co-op Field Instructor and please be assured the Co-operative Education and Career Services staff is available to help you throughout your work term.

Work term documents

During your work term you will be required to fill out forms on D2L and you will be visited by Co-op Field Instructor.

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