Co-operative Education

Updated Aug. 31, 2020 (COVID Information/Update)

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  • Co-op Coordinators are actively supporting students who are currently on Co-op work-terms. If you are experiencing a workplace disruption due to COVID-19, then please contact your Coordinator.
  • Co-op Coordinators are actively supporting students who are seeking work-terms for for fall 2020. Please note that employers are continuing to post, interview and hire students, so please continue to apply for positions.
  • Please contact your Coordinator directly via email if you have an questions relating to the Co-op program. Alternatively, you can schedule virtual appointments via Career Connections. Please login here:
  • Virtual Co-op 1000 classes will start September 8, 2020 and your Coordinator will be in touch with you directly with instructions. If you have any questions, please contact your Coordinator directly.

If any of these options are unclear or causing difficulties, then please contact your Coordinator directly or contact the main email office email at We want to ensure there is accommodation for all students.

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Co-operative Education blends on-campus learning with practical applied learning. Enhance your education with 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 three credits per Co-op work-term, there is a tuition charge per work-term (semester). The charge is equal to that of a regular three-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 fulfil 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.

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 four-year degree program must complete a minimum of three work-terms, while students in a two-year diploma program must complete a minimum of two 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.

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