COVID-19 FAQ for Students

 

Co-op COVID-19 FAQ

Please read through the following FAQ regarding changes or questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in
relation to the co-op program. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your co-op
coordinator.

Questions about Summer 2020 work terms:

Are there changes to the requirements for the Summer 2020 work term?

  • All co-op students scheduled to work for Summer 2020 received an update that UBC has
    decreased the minimum work term length requirement for Summer 2020 to 8 weeks (or the
    equivalent of 280 hours).

    • The intent is to provide opportunities for more students to secure work terms by
      providing employers increased flexibility in their hiring of co-op students during the
      COVID-19 pandemic.
  • These minimum work term requirements can be completed in the form of full-time or part-time
    work.

Are jobs still being posted for Summer 2020?

  • Yes, although there has been a significant impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We still have
    employers who want to hire co-op students, and our business development team is working
    hard to develop more opportunities for our students during the pandemic. We are also
    supporting employers to hire students for 8 weeks, which will allow employers additional
    flexibility.

Will my co-op standing be affected upon graduation due to impacts of COVID-19 on the Summer 2020
work term?

  • UBC has made the decision to reduce the requirement for co-op standing for students planning to graduate in November 2020 or May 2021, whose Summer 2020 work term was impacted by COVID-19. An example of this would be students who have had rescinded offers and are not able to secure another work term. The Engineering Co-op program will make the decision about this accommodation at the time that students apply to graduate. We are hopeful that students who are newer to the program will be successful in securing  the 4 work terms required to obtain co-op standing, as well as the valuable work experience and network that comes with it, prior to their graduation in 2022 or 2023. However, we understand things will continue to evolve with the impacts from COVID-19 well after summer, and we plan to evaluate all students’ co-op standing status at their time of graduation to determine if they require a similar accommodation.

When is the latest that I am able to commence a co-op position?

  • Students have until July 6 to start a full-time position for Summer 2020. Part-time positions may
    start at any time, providing that the 280 hour minimum hour requirement is met by September
    4, 2020.

How are interviews being conducted?

  • The Engineering co-op office has asked all of our employers to conduct remote interviews via
    phone or video.

Can I still participate in an international work term?

  • UBC has suspended all international work terms for Summer 2020, including work terms in the
    United States. We have reached out to all students who we know of that have an international
    work term to discuss their options. If you currently have an international work term that you
    have not informed the co-op office about, please contact your co-op coordinator.

I am scheduled to work this summer but I have not yet received my co-op work permit. What should I
do?