Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance

What kinds of work term opportunities may be available?

Students may be employed in a variety of positions related to retail banking, retirement planning, strategic investment planning, risk management, estate planning and corporate finance. They may be employed by a bank, brokerage, insurance agency, investment firm or in an oil and gas company. While many 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.

Finance students have held positions such as:

  • Investor Relations Summer student
  • Enterprise Risk Management student
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Advisor Assistant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Corporate Finance Analyst
  • Treasury and Risk Management Student
  • Corporate Development Analyst

Our Financial Services courses are recognized by the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP). Work experience can be applied toward the CFP designation. The Financial Analysis Concentration has been admitted to the CFA Institute® University Affiliation Program, which confirms that the program incorporates a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge®.

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

Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in pursuing Co-op must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Submit a 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
  • 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
  • MKTG 2150
  • FNCE 3227
  • FNCE 3228
  • FNCE 3302
  • One additional FNCE concentration course
Total of six
FNCE concentration

  • Successfully complete 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 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 2020/21 Tuition and Fee Schedules 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 position outside of Calgary, you will be responsible for relocation and living expenses in that location