Bachelor of Business Administration – Social Innovation

What kinds of work term opportunities may be available?

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Social Innovation prepares students for work in a variety of areas. 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. The scope of responsibility should increase with each work term, possibly starting from front-line support or administrative roles to gain exposure in more demanding roles.

Positions may involve:

  • Assisting with or coordinating programs or projects
  • Strategic planning
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Marketing, communication and public relations
  • Fundraising and outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment, coordination or training
  • Research and analysis
  • Stakeholder relations

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 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
  • 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 1Co-op Work Term 2Co-op Work Term 3
    • ACCT 2121
    • HRES 2170
    • MGMT 2130*
    • MGMT 2262
    • MKTG 2150
    • SINV 2201
    Three additional
    SINV Minor courses
    Total of six
    SINV Minor courses
  •  Successfully complete the Orientation to Co-operative Education course prior to the first work term

*ENTR 2301 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 Co-op work terms are non-credit courses and have fees attached to them. See the 2018/19 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 outside of Calgary, you will be responsible for relocation and living expenses in that location