Co-operative Education in Computing Science allows students to gain valuable, career-related, paid work experience. Think you can wait to gain experience until after you graduate? Many employers prefer recent grads with experience. Here are the many ways in which students can benefit from the program:
- increase your competitiveness in the marketplace
- apply your classroom knowledge to practical situations
- gain a better understanding of your course work
- build a strong application for graduate studies
- work locally, nationally, and internationally!
Our graduates are in demand! Over 85% of students who take advantage of our co-operative education find permanent full-time employment within three months of graduation.
Making it simple! Here’s what’s offered to accommodate you:
- work terms available year-round (Spring, Summer, Fall)
- 24/7 online resources
- workshops and seminars on professional development
- Co-op advisors to help you along the way!
Computing Science, Surrey Co-op Advisors:
|Stephanie DeRapp (Last names A-L)
|Ryan McDonald (Last names M-Z)
||Program Assistant||SUR firstname.lastname@example.org|
Computing Science Co-op FAQs:
How much will I earn?
Have the opportunity to graduate with up to 20 months (5 terms) of work experience with a wide variety of employers and earn $44,000 - $71,000 through our co-operative education program.
Where are the jobs located?
SFU is located in the greater Vancouver regional district, a major technology center, which is home to local and international companies in finance, software development, telecommunications, gaming, bioinformatics and many more. Students have completed work terms in: Vancouver, across Canada, Japan, France, Austria, Switzerland, UK, China, Taiwan, Korea, USA, Chile, Denmark.
How Do I Join Computing Science Co-op?
Complete Bridging Online 1 (BOL1) and 45 unit hours prior to the start of your first work term. CMPT 276 should be completed, or in progress. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact Computing Science Co-op for advice.
Where are students working now?
Here are just a few of the employees our students find positions with: Telus, Business Objects, Electronic Arts Canada, IBM, Microsoft, BC Cancer Research Agency, HSBC, Government Services, and Nokia to name a few.
What skills are employers looking for:*
Operating Systems: MS DOS, NT, UNIX, Linux, PC, Mac, Windows 98/2k/XP/2000+
Databases: MS Access, MySQL, Oracle, Apache, SQL Server
Networking: FTP, TCP/IP Netware (NOVELL), LAN Manager (IBM, LAN Manager (UNIX)
Internet, Graphics, Multimedia: SML, .Net, ASP, HTML, Flash, Python, Photoshop, SoundEdit, Premiere, InDesign, Pagemaker, QuarkXpress, Live Motion, Maya, FireWorks, BB Edit, Soft Image, Dreamweaver
*Note: every position is different and students are not expected to know all of these applications.