Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Tourism Co-op Students

The TRU Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) program is intended to provide management and entrepreneurial expertise to those who want to succeed as professionals in the tourism industry.

The BTM program is a four-year degree designed to accommodate the varied learning needs of future tourism professionals. Students can complete the program on a full or part-time basis; they can enter the program in year one or join the program in year two or year three and transfer their relevant post-secondary credits into the program. It is common for students to join the program in year three after completing a two-year tourism or business-related diploma program.

This degree was developed by a consortium of post-secondary institutions in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education, Skills and Training, the Ministry of Tourism, and industry partners. The Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree (BTM) is a four year degree concentrating on the crucial elements of management leadership.

Co-op students in the degree have the necessary skill sets in accounting, computing, technical writing, guest services and excellence in inter-personal communication.

Tourism Co-op students are ready for positions in:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hotel Operations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Guest Services
  • Conference Management

Co-op student availability:

Normally students are available for 4, 8, or 12 month work terms beginning in May, September, and January each year.

Our co-op education partners:

We have had great success with our co-op program and many local and regional employers are partners in the education of our co-op students. We work with companies and organizations such as:
The Banff Centre, Buchart Gardens, Canadian Outback Adventures, Delta Sun Peaks, Mission Hill Family Estate, Parks Canada and Whistler Blackcomb, to name a few.

The employer partners see the benefits of hiring co-op students because it provides them with the chance to bridge-in talent before they graduate, to brand themselves as an employer of choice, to get short-term support for special projects, and to build additional relationships with the university.

For more information, please contact our Tourism Co-op Coordinator.