Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op Education
Gain experience, earn money and test drive your career with NAIT’s BBA Co-op
NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program allows students to apply their classroom knowledge to real workplaces by alternating periods of study with full-time, paid work experiences. Students will gain 12 months of valuable work experience, graduate with the Co-operative Education designation and get a head start on a rewarding career!
“I have gained valuable, hands-on industry experience that strengthened my job prospects and allowed me to graduate with a career in my field.”
Why choose a BBA Co-op?
Network with employers
Co-op students meet many employers and expand their professional networks.
Starting salaries for graduating co-op students are an average of 5-10% higher than non-co-op students.
Higher employment rates
Nearly a third of our students have received permanent offers of employment by their Co-op employers.
Apply classroom learning
Students can apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
Co-op students can explore future careers before they graduate.
Earn money while studying
In 2019/2020, NAIT Co-op students earned an average of $12,000 for a 4-month work term.
Examples of positions students can expect to experience during their Co-op include:
- Business development intern
- Marketing specialist
- Social media specialist
- Accounting intern
- Audit intern
- Tax intern
- Human Resource intern
- Recruitment specialist
- Finance intern
- Investment banking intern
NAIT BBA students have held Co-op positions at companies such as:
Who can apply?
All students in the BBA degree program are eligible for the BBA Co-op option and can complete their first work term after their second year of study.
- Transfer students with a diploma can enrol after completing 9 credits of study.
- International students need to obtain a co-op work permit prior to starting a work term.
How it works
The BBA Co-op option is highly flexible - students can complete work term based on their needs when opportunities arise.
Work terms need to be full-time and in 4, 8 or 12-month terms. The JRSSB Co-op office actively works with industry partners to find work placements, but students are ultimately responsible for securing a position. Students are encouraged to seek out or create work placements relevant to their course of studies.
While other post-secondary institutions put restrictions on GPA on their co-op programs, NAIT has intentionally chosen not to do this. NAIT’s industry partners prefer to do their own interviewing and make selections on factors beyond just good marks.
NAIT’s BBA Co-op costs the same as the BBA program, with the exception that you take three additional Co-op courses. Tuition for Co-op courses is set at a different rate than class-based courses. Updated costs for these can be found at NAIT Tuition and Fees.
For full details, please refer to the BBA Co-op student information sheet.