Edwards Co-operative Education

generously supported by Federated Co-operatives Limited

The Edwards Co-op Program

Do you want to grow your professional network and improve your resume while completing your B.Comm. degree?

How about getting 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, consider kickstarting your career by participating in the Edwards Co-operative Education Program!

Whatever your career plan is, a co-op placement will expose you to a unique experiential learning opportunity.

Set yourself apart from your peers with Co-operative Education.

Why Co-op?

Our co-op program graduates consistently have a higher employment rate upon graduation. Participating in the program gives you an edge as many companies across Canada utilize co-op or internship programs as their primary method of post-secondary recruitment. Students get hired by private companies, government entities and non-profit organizations in various sectors.

Edwards co-op students return from their placements with:

  • A clearer idea of their career options;
  • Improved confidence in their capabilities that comes with 8 months of professional experience;
  • A stronger professional network and reputation leading to post-graduation employment opportunities; and
  • An enhanced understanding of their B.Comm course work

Watch these testimonials of previous co-op placements:

Natasha, a Human Resources major, talks about her co-op placement as a Special Events Coordinator at Parkinson Canada.
Robyn, an operations management major, shares with us about her experience working as a Logistics Operations Support student at Federated Co-operatives Limited.
Matthew, a management student at Edwards, worked as a Marketing Specialist at Elite Property Management. He was known as "The Marketing Guy", check out what he had to say about his experience!
Kathryn, a management major, assumed a leadership role at Vendasta Technologies during her 8 months as a Digital Advertising Coordinator.

Are you eligible?

In order to participate in the Edwards Co-operatived Education Program, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. This would apply both before and after admission.

  • What to know when you apply

    To be eligible to apply, you must:

    • Be a current Edwards student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program;
    • 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 (an admission interview will be required);
    • Be in a position to declare a major during January Program Planning and complete the introductory level (200) courses in your major before Spring;
  • Maintaining eligibility after admission

    If you're accepted to the program, you must also:

    • Complete a minimum of 9 credit units towards your major and have completed 90 credit units or less (transfer students are allowed no more than 99 credit units) 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

Edwards Career Services works year round talking to the business community promoting the benefits of hiring Edwards co-op students. There is no guarantee of a work placement, but students can be confident that our team will work jointly with every student to find a possible fit. All students admitted to the program are expected to be active participants. 

  • If you are admitted to the program, you:
    • Meet and communicate with our team regularly to determine your career goals and a strategy to find you a work placement;
    • Attend mandatory career development workshops to learn the foundations of how to market yourself and how to succeed in the job search;
    • Attend various career-related networking events;
    • Apply to job postings (starting in September) only available to Edwards co-op students; and
    • Attend job interviews with interested employers 
  • On your placement, you would:
    • Be employed in a full-time, paid business-related position;
    • Receive constructive feedback and evaluations from your employer;
    • Complete academic assignments and projects;
    • Be supervised and coached by the Edwards Career Services team; and
    • Act as an ambassador for Edwards School of Business by positively representing the school in the greater business community

Program Fees

Although there are student fees associated with the co-op program, you do get paid during your placement.

Academic fees associated with the Co-op program include:

  • A $100 non-refundable admission fee upon acceptance into the co-op program;
  • Assessed tuition fees per four-month work course while on placement; and
  • USSU fees

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for admission to the Edwards Co-operative Education Program, you must submit your application form in CareerLink (School of Business tab). The application process opens each year in late November and closes the 2nd week of January. Entrance is competitive. Attend one of the co-op information sessions in November or January to make sure you have all of the information!

  • What documents do you need to apply?

    We request the following:

    1. 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 (or unable) to relocate outside of Saskatoon

    2. Your current resume. At this point, we are more interested in the content than the format. Make sure you include: education, awards & scholarships, work experience, extracurricular activities such as volunteer experience, student leadership roles, memberships, sports, etc.

    3. A completed application form.

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

Important Dates 2019-2020

Students considering applying to the Edwards Co-op Program should attend an information session to learn the fine print about the program. Information session dates are published on Careerlink where you can log in and RSVP. Access important dates below by clicking on one of the lists.

  • Co-op Information Sessions
    • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
      Edwards Room 18, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
      Edwards Room 45, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
      *International student-focused
    • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
      Edwards Room 4, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
      Edwards Room 116, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 
    • Wednesday January 8, 2020
      Edwards Room 245, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Thursday, January 9, 2020
      Edwards Room 116, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 
    • Monday, January 13, 2020
      Edwards Room 12, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Application & Admission Process
    • January 15th (4:30pm): Application deadline
    • January 17-24th: Admission interviews with Co-op staff
    • By January 28th: Students notified of Co-op Program admission results
  • Winter Term Workshops
    • February 7th: Welcome workshop for admitted candidates
    • March: Mandatory career development and job search strategy workshops on Friday mornings
  • Fall Workshops & Job Search
    From September to December:
    • Networking with prospective employers
    • Applying on jobs and attending interviews
    • Meeting with Co-op Coordinator for career coaching
    • Competing for a January 2021 placement.

Contact Us

For more information about the Edwards Co-operative Education Program, please contact:

Kim Stranden
Co-op Coordinator & Career Advisor
Edwards Career Services, Room 141.1
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK  S7N 5A7

Phone: (306) 966-1454
Email: coop@edwards.usask.ca