Co-op FAQs

The Kinesiology Co-op Program will proceed with accepting applications for entry to the Program this year during the first 3 weeks of September. All intake processes, including submission of application and group interview, will be completed online. Students who are accepted to the Program will complete the required Pre-Employment Training between October and February, with all training taking place online. More information about the application process can be found on the How to Apply page of our website.

Students in the Kinesiology Co-op Program have continued to work during COVID-19, either remotely or on site in compliance with WorkSafeBC and BCCDC guidelines.

Students are eligible to apply to the program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered full-time student in the UBC BKIN degree program
  • Have completed at least 24 credits at the time of application (at UBC or transferred to UBC)
  • As of the May following application, have completed all first and second year core KIN courses (some exceptions may apply for transfer students)
    • This criterion is based on the expectations that employers have of the co-op students they hire. Students looking to apply in September 2021 who don’t expect to complete the bulk of core courses by the beginning of May 2022 are invited to apply to the Co-op Program next year.
  • As of the May following application, have at least 27 credits remaining to complete your degree

The above criteria may be updated over the coming year depending on the impacts of COVID-19. For example, consideration was given to students applying in September 2020 who were taking less than a full-time course load due to the shift to online classes.

Not meeting one or more of these requirements may exclude you from the selection process.

Acceptance to the program is based on the following factors:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated leadership, time management, and team work qualities
  • Demonstrated professionalism, maturity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and career motivation
  • Commitment to complete 3 co-op work terms
  • Willingness to apply to a broad range of positions, regardless of location or wage
  • A cumulative GPA of 70%

You will not be automatically excluded from the process if, for example, your GPA is slightly less than 70%.

Please see the How to Apply page of our website for more information.

There are multiple steps to the application process, including the submission of an application form and a formatted resume.

Please see the How to Apply page of our website for more information.

There is no fee to apply to the Co-op Program.

If you are accepted, you will be required to pay the UBC Co-op Workshop fee, a one-time fee that supports the Pre-Employment Training you complete.

For each term you hold a co-op job, you will be required to pay the UBC Co-op Tuition fee.

This fee is the same for domestic and international students and supports the administration of the program through your job search and work term.

International students are also required to obtain a Co-op Work Permit upon entering the Program. Students are not required to pay for their Co-op Work Permit, however there are costs associated with the Co-op Work Permit application, including obtaining biometrics and a medical exam. These costs typically amount to about $350, paid while completing the Co-op Work Permit application.

Program, Course, and Faculty Fees

No, the UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program is not a summer job program and you must complete at least one work term during either fall or winter.

Co-op is an academic program that provides the opportunity for you to bring your work experience back to the classroom and modify your courses based on your career aspirations. Opportunities also differ based on the term – some positions are only available during fall and winter, and a number of our clinical and research positions are only offered for 8-month terms, requiring a student to work in a fall or winter term.

The UBC Kinesiology Co-op Program is not a placement program.

Co-op students need to compete for the jobs they are interested in. We do not (and cannot) control the job market. Employers post jobs to our platform that they are looking to fill, students apply, employers decide who they want to interview and make an offer to.

We do post jobs for employers who are looking to fill positions and we routinely reach out to different employers to see if their positions are suitable for co-op students, however we strongly encourage students to also complete their own job search.

A large number of jobs in the market are not advertised and employers may not consider posting a job with the co-op program until there is a great student standing in front of them. You also may wish to work in another geographic area, where employers would typically only post with local universities.

We post a wide range of jobs in the following areas:

  • Fitness Instruction & Coaching
  • Health & Wellness Education
  • High Performance & Personal Training
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Research, Analysis, & Policy
  • Sport Development, Marketing, & Administration

Students working in a rehabilitation or clinical setting (for example, a physiotherapy or occupational therapy clinic) will have more duties than just shadowing the clinician. Students in these settings typically have administrative tasks, such as updating charts or scheduling appointments, general cleaning tasks, such as sanitizing equipment, as well as applying modalities (heat, cold, laser) and demonstrating and assisting with exercises.

Students working in a sport administration setting will often be coordinating and/or delivering a sport or health program. Students often take part in many parts of the process, including planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation.

Students working in a research setting typically assist with the ongoing research occurring in that organization or lab. They may be a part of one or more aspects of the research process, including research design, ethics approval, data collection, data analysis, communicating results, and publication.

Not usually. Employers posting with the co-op program know that they are receiving applications from students.

Most position qualifications are based around personal traits or skills that are transferrable from previous positions you may have held. For example, they may ask for customer service experience.

Some positions will be geared towards more senior students and others may require a CPR, First Aid, and/or Personal Training Certification.

Student success in co-op depends greatly on the effort put in to the job search.

Students who are actively applying to jobs and staying in touch with the Co-op Office are more successful in their job searches.

Additionally, students who customize application documents such as cover letters depending on the job description are more likely to be considered.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. See the sidebar for ways to get in touch.