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.”

Monique Flavell 
BBA graduate

Why choose a BBA Co-op?

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Network with employers
Co-op students meet many employers and expand their professional networks.

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Higher salaries  
Starting salaries for graduating co-op students are an average of 5-10% higher than non-co-op students. 

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Higher employment rates
Nearly a third of our students have received permanent offers of employment by their Co-op employers.

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Apply classroom learning
Students can apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

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Gain experience
Co-op students can explore future careers before they graduate.

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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:

How to apply

To enrol in the BBA Co-op program or to learn more, reach out to a Student Advisor in JRSSB’s Business Information Centre. 

Contact Business Information Centre (BIC)

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