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John Molson Co-op FAQ

New applicants: Please check Co-op box on your application to Concordia University.

Transfer students: If you are a transfer student from another part of the University, please check the Co-op box on your transfer application.

Current John Molson students: If you're already in John Molson then click here to apply to the Co-op program or else go to the Institute for Co-operative Education (ICE) website for more information. Applications are reviewed in September for the fall term and in January for the winter term.

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 may be placed on probation. If your cumulative GPA drops below 2.7 for two consecutive semesters you may be asked to leave Co-op. It is expected that Co-op students pass all their academic courses.

Yes. Once you formalize which school you will be attending abroad with Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP), Co-op will 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 usually 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 on COMPASS.

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 John Molson Undergraduate Office formally. Then meet with your new Coordinator at the Institute for Co-operative Education. The John Molson 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. These jobs are posted on the Co-op database, COMPASS. 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 COMPASS (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.

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