Edwards Co-operative Education

Looking to grow your professional network and improve your resume while completing your B. Comm degree?

Want to get paid to apply the theory you’re learning in class in a real work environment before you graduate?

If you answered YES to either of these questions, you should consider the Edwards Co-operative Education Program! It’s a way for you to set yourself apart from your peers by competing for real job offers and learning how to apply career search strategies while you go to school. You could get hired by a private company, government entity or non-profit organization in a whole variety of sectors or you can even seek out your own placement.

Whether your career plan involves obtaining your CPA, CHRP, CFA or MBA, this program will expose you to a unique opportunity. Don’t wait until you graduate to start your career!

Watch this video to learn more about the Co-op Program!

Why Coop?

How about eight months of relevant experience on your resume, potential connections for full-time employment after graduation, and confidence walking into a job interview with numerous examples to draw from? Co-op programs across the country have proven that work placements lead to job prospects. Our co-op graduates consistently have a higher employment rate following graduation than those who did not have a co-op experience.

While you are on your work term, you will obtain valuable in-depth experience in specialized fields. You could be placed where you are able to strength your interpersonal and networking skills, your knowledge of different recruitment, financial or accounting software, or your confidence communicating with other business professionals or the partners at the firm!

Co-op students:

  • Receive a salary, statutory holidays, and vacation pay;
  • Develop a better understanding of career options;
  • Increase their marketability for employment opportunities after graduation (experience listed on transcript and parchment);
  • Enhance their understanding of their B.Comm course work
  • Build their resume and gain valuable career-related experience

Are you eligible?

  • To apply, you must:
    • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce student who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or international student;
    • Be in good academic standing (minimum 60% yearly and cumulative average in all classes used for degree purposes with no faculty actions);
    • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills (interview will be required);
    • Be in a position to declare a major during January Program Planning and have completed the introductory level (200) courses in your major before Spring;
  • Upon acceptance, you must also:
    • Complete a minimum of 9 credit units towards your approved major and have completed 90 credit units or less (transfer students must have no more than 99 credit units completed) towards your degree by December of the Co-op admission year;
    • Agree to return to school to complete your degree upon completion of your work terms;
    • Maintain good academic standing;

Work Placements

All co-op students accepted into the co-op program are expected to be active participants in the mandatory professional development workshops and their personal job search. Edwards Career Services works year round talking to the business community promoting the benefits of hiring Edwards co-op students. There are no guarantees of a work placement, but students can be confident that our team will work jointly with every student to find a possible fit for a work placement.

Students accepted into the co-op program will:

  • Meet and communicate with our team regularly to determine objectives and a strategy to find a work placement;
  • Attend mandatory job search and specialized workshops to learn the basics of how to market yourself and how to succeed in the Program;
  • Attend various career-related networking events;
  • Starting in September, apply to job postings only available to Edwards Co-op students; and
  • Attend job interviews with interested employers 

 During their work placements, students will:

  • Be employed full-time while challenged and engaged in a productive employment;
  • Receive constructive feedback from their employer and Edwards;
  • Complete academic assignments and projects;
  • Be supervised by the Edwards Career Services team;
  • Be ambassadors of the Edwards School of Business by striving to be a valuable, motivated and committed employee; and

It is the student's responsibility to obtain suitable employment by utilizing all resources and support provided by the Edwards Career Services office. Students unsuccessful in finding a work placement continue with their studies in Edwards.

Program Fees

Although there are fees associated with the co-op program, students do receive remuneration while on their work terms.

For students completing the program, a summary of academic fees associated with the program include:

  • A $100 non-refundable admission fee charged to each student accepted into the co-op program.
  • Assessed tuition fees per four-month work course while on placement
  • USSU fees

How to Apply

You are required to apply for admission to the Edwards Co-operative Education Program. Entrance is competitive. Applicants must complete the online application form through the School of Business tab on Careerlink (available in late November each year) and include:

  • A one page letter of interest indicating:
      • Why Edwards Careers Services should consider you as a candidate,
      • What you hope to gain from participating; and
      • Whether you’re willing to (or limited) to relocate outside of Saskatoon;
  • Your current resume. Only the content, not format, will be evaluated. Include education, awards & scholarships, work experience, and extracurricular activities including volunteer experience, leadership roles, memberships, sports, hobbies, etc.)

The application deadline is at the beginning of January each year. Watch for it being advertised around Edwards!

Important Dates (2017)

  • Jan 5-10: Information sessions
  • Jan 11 (4:30pm): Application deadline
  • Jan 16-20: Admission interviews
  • Jan 24: Students notified of acceptance into the Co-op Program
  • Feb 3: Introduction workshop for accepted candidates
  • March: Mandatory job search workshops
  • September - December:
      • Networking with prospective employers
      • Applying on jobs and attending interviews
      • Meeting with Co-op Coordinator for coaching
      • Competing for a placement in January 2018.

Questions

Students considering applying to the Edwards Co-operative Education Program should attend an information session to have their questions answered and learn about all aspects of the program. Information session dates are advertised on Careerlink and in the weekly careers email.

Email coop@edwards.usask.ca or call 306.966.1454 for more information.