Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Business Administration ― Accounting

What kinds of work term opportunities may be available?

A variety of excellent opportunities exist for Accounting Co-op students in a number of industries. Employers include government, financial services, oil and gas, accounting and transportation companies. While most of the work term positions are located in Calgary, students can relocate throughout Alberta or across Canada in order to secure a work term position.

Accounting students have held positions such as:

  • Operations Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Accounts Payable Accountant
  • Joint Venture Accountant
  • Property Analyst
  • Royalty Analyst
  • Corporate Tax Accountant
  • Tax Technician
  • Financial Accounting Assistant
  • Junior Accountant

How do I prepare for my Co-op work term?

Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in pursuing Co-op will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Submit the BBA Application to Co-operative Education by the deadline
  • Complete a minimum of 15 courses prior to the first work term
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 2.5 as this program maintains an applicant wait list
  • Successfully complete the following course requirements prior to each work term (prerequisite courses do not need to be completed prior to submitting a Co-op program application):
Co-op Work Term 1 Co-op Work Term 2 Co-op Work Term 3
  • ACCT 2121
  • HRES 2170
  • MGMT 2130*
  • MGMT 2262
  • MTKG 2150
  • ACCT 3221
  • ACCT 3228
Two additional
ACCT major courses
Total of six ACCT
major courses
  • Successfully complete of the Orientation to Co-operative Education course prior to the first work term

*ENTR 2301 or SINV 2201 will also be accepted in place of MGMT 2130.

Students alternate academic semesters with work terms to a maximum of three 4-month Co-op work terms, and must finish their program on an academic semester. Co-op work terms may be combined to lengthen the time spent in the workplace. For example, students may combine Work Terms 1 and 2, or Work Terms 2 and 3, for back-to-back work terms. Students must meet the course requirements for the highest level work term in order to be eligible to complete back-to-back work terms.

Orientation to Co-operative Education course

Orientation to Co-op is a professional development course required in preparation for the first work term. This course prepares students to:

  • Complete a skills self-assessment
  • Write competitive, professional resumes and cover letters
  • Develop job interview skills
  • Network with employers
  • Conduct self-marketing campaigns
  • Understand and comply with workplace and employer expectations

The Orientation to Co-operative Education course is generally offered in the Fall semester. Contact the Co-operative Education coordinator for information.

What about expenses?

All work terms are paid opportunities. However, there are expenses associated with participating in a Co-operative Education program. By starting to plan now, you can be financially prepared for your work terms. Expenses may include:

  • Both the Orientation to Co-operative Education course and the Co-op work terms are non-credit courses and have fees attached to them; see the 2019/20 Tuition and Fees Schedule for more information
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the work site, and some work terms may require the use of a vehicle
  • If you accept a work term outside of Calgary, you will be responsible for relocation and living expenses in that location