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Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:38pm

Next application deadline is Oct. 15th 2018. Apply through CareerLink.


To apply to become a co-op student:

  1. Complete the online application form through CareerLink (Login as a student → select Faculty of Arts from the left menu → choose your major from the list → complete application, including upload of resume → submit)

  2. Oct. 15th applications will typically begin work in the following spring/summer or fall.  Include a plan for three (up to four) full-time work term semesters alternating with full-time academic semesters, ending your degree with a final semester in full time studies. Up to two work terms may be planned back-to-back (fall/winter) in your plan.  Not all work terms can be planned in the spring/summers.  At least one needs to be in fall or winter.
  3. You will be advised of your application's status after review of requirements

  4. If accepted, you will be provided with extensive pre-employment training — in person and online through D2L. 

  5. Your co-op coordinator will assist you through the job application, interview and transition-to-work process

  6. If accepted, you will be assessed a $50 non-refundable administrative fee

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What if I cannot see the application when I login to CareerLink and choose the Faculty of Arts?  If this occurs, please write  We will investigate and provide you with access to the application if you have a declared major with a Co-op option in the Faculty of Arts

2.  What format should my resume be for uploading to the CareerLink Arts Co-op application?  While it is expected that once you are accepted into the program (if eligible), your resume would be reviewed by a coordinator for feedback, prospective students may refer to samples provided by Career Services as a guide for resumes.  Click here for samples and templates.  It is not necessary that your resume be submitted in this format but it should provide the program with an overview of your work and volunteer experience.

3. What type of sequence should be submitted with my application?  Please submit a plan of each semester of your degree including three co-op work terms.  This will extend your degree by approximately one year. At least one term should be planned for winter or fall. Your first expected work term would be May or Sept of the following year (in most cases).  Please ensure that your work terms alternate with academic semesters and your plan includes a final study semester (3 half courses).  Your plan may include two terms back to back, but we do not recommend 3 terms back to back.  Once you are in the program, there is flexibility with your plan, as required.  A sample of one plan is provided here:

P/S 2017 – Study
F 2017 – Work
W 2018 – Study
P/S 2018 – Study
F 2018 – Work
W 2019 – Work
P/S 2019 - Study

4.  The arts co-op application requires that you submit 2 or 3 paragraphs about your interest in the program.  We recommend this be written to resemble a professional cover letter (though it is not necessary to include the address section often included in cover letters).  Refer to the above-mentioned link in the Career Services lib guide for examples of cover letters.  Please ensure the letter contains no typos and is professional in tone.  Include details of why you are interested in the program and how it fits with your goals.  

Contact us

The co-op education office is located in the Arts Students' Centre, on the first floor of the Social Sciences building.

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Social Sciences 102
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, AB
T2N 1N4 

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 
1 - 4:30 p.m.