Frequently Asked Questions
For September Admissions:
Applying from CEGEP:
- Apply to University; please check Co-op box
- Or, apply directly to JMSB Co-op by March 31
Applying from within the University:
- Check Co-op box on transfer application
- Or, apply directly to JMSB Co-op by March 31
For January Admissions:
- Check off Co-op box on University or transfer application.
- Or, apply to JMSB Co-op office by October 1 of previous semester
Each Co-op student must:
- Maintain a minimum Concordia University cumulative GPA of 2.70 each semester.
- Maintain full-time status (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
- Complete each component of your work term successfully, which includes:
- Work Site Visit
- Employer Evaluation
- Work Term Report
- Reflective Learning
- After the first year of academics, alternate academic and work terms are scheduled and end on an academic semester.
- Adhere to all policies and procedures governing the processes of job posting, interviews, evaluation and conduct, as outlined in the Terms and Conditions for Co-op Students, as well as to those in the University calendar.
If your semester GPA drops below 2.7, you will be notified and asked to meet with your Academic Director. If your cumulative GPA drops below 2.7, you will be placed on probation. If your cumulative GPA drops below 2.7 for two consecutive semesters you may be asked to leave Coop. It is expected that Co-op students pass all their academic courses.
Yes. Once you formalize which school you will be attending abroad, we then modify your work-study schedule to accommodate your semester abroad.
No. In order to get the most fulfilling Co-op experience, students do a work term in each of the semesters: one in summer, one in fall and one in winter. Different fields have different peak periods, and you would want to take advantage of what each time of the year has to offer.
Yes. If you are not scheduled for a work term, then you must be a full time student even in summer, taking 2 courses in the first summer session and 2 courses in the second summer session.
Most of our students find placements for their work term. In rare instances where they do not, these students do an academic term instead, and the Administrative Assistant adjusts their schedule accordingly. Please keep in mind that employers take your grades into consideration, especially when students with similar work experience apply for the same job. It is therefore in your best interest to keep your GPA above the required minimum.
Yes. Detailed guidelines are provided in the Co-op Handbook. However, guidelines may differ among programs. In general, a Work Term Report should illustrate the knowledge and experience you acquired during the work term. A well-written report will exhibit critical analysis, effective organization and clarity. Writing this report is an excellent opportunity to practice report presentation, reasoning and evaluation. Examples of outstanding work term reports are available at the Institute for Co-operative Education. Please contact the receptionist.
Work Term Reports are evaluated by faculty and may also be used by the employers. Satisfactory Work Term Reports are a pre-requisite for remaining in and graduating from the Co-operative Education program.
Contact your Coordinator at the Institute for Co-operative Education.
Yes. Simply notify the JMSB Undergraduate Office formally. Then meet with your new Coordinator at the Institute for Co-operative Education. The JMSB Co-op Office will send you a revised schedule.
Please contact the Administrative Assistant.
Each member of the Institute for Co-operative Education (ICE) is actively involved in marketing our Co-op programs and is continuously developing new job opportunities. Students are encouraged to seek or create their own jobs and take a pro-active approach to their job search, rather than only waiting for jobs to be posted. Students are required to attend professional development seminars with an emphasis on helping students learn job search and career planning skills before they start their job search.
No. The Institute does not guarantee each student a job, since the purpose of the job competition is not to place students in companies, but rather to provide job opportunities for students in the form of posted positions. Whether or not a position becomes filled depends on how well students communicate their qualifications to potential employers and on how active they are in their job search process.
Job descriptions and interview schedules are posted on ConneXions (the database created especially for Co-op students).
A package, including your resume, cover letter, and grades, is sent to employers to allow them to select candidates to interview.
If you are not invited to many interviews, you should meet with a member of your Co-op Coordinating Team as soon as possible. An attempt will be made to determine why you have not been selected and if possible, you will be offered assistance. Remember, the more jobs you apply for, the greater the chances are that you will be interviewed and receive a job offer.
CWTB 100, 200, 300 are your Work Terms, while CWTB 101, 201, 301 are Reflective Learning Seminars you must attend at the beginning of the semester following the completion of your work term.