Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Co-operative Education

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What is Co-op?

Co-operative Education is an academic program that blends on-campus learning with practical applied learning. This program provides students the opportunity to enhance their education by acquiring career related work experience before graduation.

Students alternate study terms with paid, monitored work-terms in professional industry, non-profit, private business, and public sector organizations.

The Co-op program at TRU provides students with a great way to learn valuable career skills and an opportunity to test-drive the wide variety of career options.

Because students earn 3 credits per Co-op work-term, there is a tuition charge per work-term (semester). The charge is equal to that of a regular 3 credit course at TRU.

At TRU, students enter Co-op at various points in their education depending on program requirements. While the summer semester is the most common time to complete work-terms, students are required to complete work-terms in the fall and/or winter semesters to fulfill their Co-op designation.  Co-op work-terms in the fall and winter semester provides students with additional experience they would not normally receive during the summer.

Please Note: To achieve the Co-op designation at Thompson Rivers University, students must complete a minimum number of work terms in their degree or diploma. Students in a 4-year degree program must complete a minimum of 3 work-terms, while students in a 2-year diploma program must complete a minimum of 2 work-terms in order to receive their Co-op designation.

Sample Co-op Timetables for Students

Am I eligible for Co-op?

Check out the Programs page to check your program's eligibility!

The Co-op Timeline

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After applying and being accepted into the Co-op Program, students will take the one credit course COOP 1000. Once completed, students can apply for positions posted in the online database Career Connections. While on a Co-op work term, students also participate in an online Moodle course which requires them to reflect on their professional experiences and consider the skills they are building.

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