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

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
  • 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.

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 An example of this would be students who have had rescinded offers and are not able to secure another work term.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.

Questions about Fall 2020 job searching:

Are Fall 2020 work terms still proceeding as scheduled?

  • Yes, Fall 2020 work terms will proceed as scheduled. Fall 2020 jobs are being posted every day in PD Portal.  Ensure that you have accepted the Terms & Conditions, and submitted your Intentions for the work term to receive access to job postings.
  • While on a co-op work term, students are required to live and work in Canada.  Remote work arrangements, where the student is residing outside of Canada, is not permitted.

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

  • For Fall 2020, UBC has announced that the minimum work term length will be 8 weeks (or the equivalent of 280 hours). These minimum work term requirements can be completed in the form of full-time or part-time work.

How are interviews being conducted?

  • The Engineering co-op office has asked our employers to conduct remote interview via
    phone or video. However some of our employers have started to do in person interviews when the jobs involve in-person work. For any in person interviews, employers are expected to take all necessary precautions related to COVID-19. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your co-op coordinator

Can I still participate in an international work term?

  • UBC has suspended all international work terms for Summer 2020 and Fall 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 opportunity that you have not informed the co-op office about, please contact your co-op coordinator.

I am scheduled to work this Summer and Fall 2020 but I have not yet received my co-op work permit. What should I do?

Questions about Co-op Intake 2020:

Is Co-op still offering intake this Fall?

  • Intake will proceed as scheduled, and it will be open for eligible students to apply starting on August 12, 2020. More information will be updated soon on our ‘Apply for Co-op’ webpage.
  • International students are eligible to participate in the Co-op Program, but will need to apply for a co-op work permit.
  • Be aware that the co-op work permit application must completed when the student is physically in Canada, and can only be started after full acceptance into the Co-op Program (early November).