Information for Students
Co-op That’s Experiential and Essential!
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for you to obtain or complete your summer internship. Our new Virtual Internship Program (VIP) can help!
The VIP allows you to earn your work-term credit remotely, offers flexibility and customizability, features collaborative opportunities and — most importantly — provides you with a learning experience that is both experiential and essential.
Three exciting streams to choose from!
1. VIP - Work
This stream is the most similar to the 420-hour internship traditionally offered by co-op. You’re eligible for this stream if you have completed/will be completing some work, but not all the hours normally required for a work-term. The rest of your hours can be earned through the completion of online learning modules that develop your essential work skills, including our new 10-week Career Ready Competency training program!
2. VIP - Innovation Accelerator
Use your Sheridan education to generate groundbreaking ideas that have impact! In this unique 10-week challenge, you’ll practice skills in creativity, design thinking and entrepreneurship as you tackle a pandemic-related challenge. These complex challenges are ones faced by real organizations that need your creative thinking. You’ll work with an interdisciplinary team, guided by facilitators with expertise in design thinking and entrepreneurship, to develop innovative solutions. Top teams will pitch their ideas to collaborating organizations for the chance to win cash prizes.
3. VIP - COVID-19 Project (not applicable to all programs)
If your program has developed a discipline-specific COVID-19 project, you can apply your Sheridan training to assist with its completion! These projects may involve individual or group work, depending on which program you’re in. You’ll also engage in scheduled webinars and group discussions with students from a wide variety of Sheridan degree programs through our Career Ready Competency training program.
Need help deciding on a stream?
Your Co-op Advisor is available to support you throughout your internship journey! Reach out today to ask questions, discussion options and make decisions on which stream of our Virtual Internship Program is the best fit for you.
Co-op expectations for students
Students are representatives of Sheridan and should conduct themselves accordingly in a professional manner. Students must abide by all co-op and internship policies and procedures. The responsibilities of the student include:
- Pay the $535 co-op/internship fee
- Successfully complete the COWT 10022, 10023, 53816 (COEF) preparatory course
- Maintain good academic standing
- Actively seek employment (definition: apply to 20% of all jobs posted through Sheridan Works)
- Carefully read job postings, and remit all requested documentation (transcripts, cover letters)
- Conduct an independent job search by using personal initiatives in partnership with CEIO Advisors to secure appropriate work term opportunities
- Complete all co-op work term assignments
- Exhibit professional conduct during job search and work term
- Learn something and have fun
When on the job:
- Relate your classroom learning to the workplace – this benefits both student and employer
- Exercise ethical workplace conduct and represent Sheridan with a standard of conduct and performance which will further enhance the relationship between Sheridan and the employer
- Maintain employer confidentiality
- Abide by the policies and procedures of your employer
- Accept constructive feedback, suggestions for improvement in a positive manner
- Resolve problems or issues that may arise in a prompt, professional manner
- Be a productive and responsible employee and take initiative as appropriate
- Advise the employer and Co-op/Internship advisor of any concerns or problems with work assignments or environmental issues as soon as they arise
- Set realistic expectations and goals that will encourage self improvement and benefit the employer
Learn about co-op and internship programs – their purpose, their benefits, how to enroll, and how to prepare for the work term.
Keep track of co-op and internship-related deadlines.
Check out the salary surveys from the last two semesters to get an idea of what students from your industry have been paid on past work terms.
All available positions for co-op and internship programs are posted through the Sheridan Works platform