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Information for students

Why join co-op?

You can graduate from UNB with up to two years of relevant work experience!* You will also maintain full-time student status during your co-op work terms.

Employers look for new graduates with experience in their fields. Participating in the co-op program allows you to apply the theory and knowledge you are learning in class to a professional work environment. By completing a minimum of three co-op work terms, you graduate with Co-operative Education Designation and let employers know you will be a valuable asset to their company.

*Undergraduate students can do a maximum of 24 months of co-op.

Graduate students can do a maximum of 12 months of co-op. Confirm that your graduate program has been approved for the co-operative education option.

Graduate programs

  • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

More reasons to consider the co-op program

The Engineering and Science Co-op Program allows you to:

  • Build critical transferrable skills, making you more competitive when you enter the job market 
  • Gain exposure to a variety of possibilities, helping you determine your direction once you graduate 
  • Develop as a professional, preparing you for your career after university
  • Make connections and grow your professional network, opening the door to opportunities you never thought possible

As a co-op student, you will have access to a number of exclusive services:

  • Professional development
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search guidance
  • Employer information sessions

What if I cannot complete three work terms before I graduate?

All relevant work experience is beneficial and will help you find a job when you graduate.

Eligibility

You can join co-op immediately once you start your degree at UNB by attending a mandatory co-op orientation session. However, if you are now in your second or third year of study and realize the importance of gaining valuable work experience before you graduate, do not worry! It is possible to join co-op in any year of study before you graduate as long as you:

  • Are registered as a full-time student at UNB 
  • Are returning to full-time studies after completing your work term (same degree)
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the program
  • Receive departmental approval from your academic advisor
  • Are in good academic standing with the appropriate GPA requirements

International student eligibility

You must apply for and receive a co-op work permit before beginning a work term. Once you have been accepted into co-op, the co-op team will email an authorization letter required for your application process with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC).

The International Student Advisors Office hosts an information session at the beginning of each term to help with the process. Check the experienceUNB calendar for more information.

Academic requirements

All students participating in the co-op program must be in good academic standing. Students who have completed less than 70 credit hours must have an Assessment GPA of at least 2.7. Students who have completed 70 or more credit hours must have an Assessment GPA of at least 2.0.


All students participating in the co-op program must be in good academic standing. Students must have completed at least 9 credit hours of the course requirements and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Note: MScE and PhD students, please contact the co-op office for more information.


All students participating in the co-op program must be in good academic standing. Students must have an Assessment GPA of at least 2.7.

Fees

Why do I have to pay a co-op fee?

University co-op programs charge work term fees to cover the exclusive services offered to its co-op students. These funds also pay for the administrative overhead needed to operate the program efficiently and effectively. Our work term fee is at or even below the national average! 

How much are the co-op fees?

Every four-month work term costs $730.

If you have an 8-, 12- or 16-month work term, a fee of $730 will be charged to your UNB account each subsequent term you are working. This fee is charged whether your employment was self-developed or found through the co-op job bank.

Departmental approval

Co-op students need to receive departmental approval before embarking on a job search. Complete your portion of the departmental approval and the Engineering and Science Co-op Program will forward your request to your academic advisor.

You will be notified by email if your request has been approved or rejected. You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss alternative co-op work term options if your departmental approval submission was not successful.