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The Engineering Co-op Program offered by the Faculty of Applied Science prepares students for the job market upon graduation. When students graduate with their degree they will have accumulated up to 20 months of valuable, paid, work experience. The Co-op Program is available for both undergraduate and graduate Electrical and Computer Engineering students. With specialized undergraduate programs designed for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and a combined graduate Electrical and Computer Engineering program the Co-op Program gives students a first hand look into the industry. For details about the Co-op Program and information about how to apply please visit www.coop.apsc.ubc.ca/
The Engineering Co-op Program is designed to integrate academic studies and technical engineering work. These placements are not internships. Students will receive pay during their work placements which can assist with the cost of education. Through participating in the Engineering Co-op Program students are able to complete their degree while creating an impressive resume with work experience in a related field to their studies.
Undergraduates can apply for the Engineering Co-op Program at the beginning of their 2nd year of their Engineering degree. The year-round program entails one spring and one fall work term as well as three summer work term. Participation in the program will require an extra year of study for undergraduates to finish their B.A.Sc.. Master's level students have a choice of completing one or two work terms before graduation.
Students who wish to be considered for the program must meet all the requirements of the Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering) and will be selected on the basis of past work/volunteer experience, written and verbal communication skills and academic marks. To graduate with co-op standing, a student must have satisfactorily completed the required five work placements, in addition to the normal academic requirements.
"I really like to be in different cities and work in different places. I've been very lucky and had opportunities to work in Ottawa and Toronto, and I even had a chance to go on an exchange program in Singapore and explore South East Asia. I find that spending a good 4 or 8 months working in a different city would allow me to have a better knowledge of the environment, the people, and the living style. It helps one to have great opportunity to live like a local, and that's one of many reasons I love Engineering Co-op. And it was the reason why I decided to apply for the [student] exchange program. Being a part of Co-op and the exchange programs are the two of the best decisions I've made in my life. I've gained so much valuable knowledge that I would never learn in school." ~ Rita Chen, Fourth Year Electrical Engineering Co-op Student
More information on the Engineering Co-op Program is available on the website here.