What is co-op?

Co-op is an experiential learning program that gives you the opportunity to use your classroom knowledge in real world, productive work environments; all while you get paid and earn academic credit.  Asper graduate students will leave Asper with 4 months of paid work experience, BComm students with 12 months, and will have exclusive access to Manitoba’s top employers. With 97% of co-op students immediately finding full-time jobs after graduation*, they have a distinct advantage over their peers. Some other benefits include:

  • Transform academic learning into real world knowledge in a productive work setting.
  • One paid four month work term (graduate students) or three paid four month work terms (BComm students) for academic credit. Undergrads will alternate work terms with academic terms. 
  • Opportunity to explore career paths, professions, industries, companies, majors and build a professional network to kick-start or reinvigorate your career. 
  • Extensive professional development training and support through individual coaching and group workshop sessions - hone your skills in resume writing, job search, interviewing and workplace preparedness. 


Why choose co-op? The answer is simple: your future

  • 80% of graduating co-op students work for one of their co-op employers.* You will increase professional confidence that will benefit your career. 
  • Earn competitive wages while completing 4 months (graduate students) or 12 months (BComm students) of professional work experience and build a powerful network of professionals.
  • Exclusive access to job opportunities with Manitoba's top employers.
  • You will be engaged in meaningful, productive, paid work over the course of your work term(s) while earning academic credit.
  • Whether you already have specific professional goals, or are exploring different career paths, the co-op program will help you to achieve your goals.
  • Freedom to develop professional skills and explore career options in a safe, supportive and dynamic environment.

* current statistics reflect the BComm co-op program: the MSCM graduate co-op program launches in fall 2021 with first placements in fall 2023

Participating employers

Co-op employers in 2020-2021

Arctic Co-operative Limited
Abbi Ventures, Inc.
Arnold Brothers Transport
Artis Reit
Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
BDO Canada
Birchwood Automotive Group
Bison Transport
Bockstael Construction
Booke & Partners
Bullwhip Consulting Logistics
Business Council of Manitoba
Business Transformation and Technology (Province of Manitoba)
Callia Inc.
Canada Life
Canada Revenue Agency
Canadian Grain Commission
Carbon-Block Inc.
Carpathia Credit Union
Child & Family Services Division (Province of Manitoba)
Civil Service Commission (Province of Manitoba)
Cogmation Robotics
Conquest Planning
Craig & Ross Chartered Professional Accountants
Delphi Technology Corp
Department of Finance - Office of the Superintendent - Pension Commission (Province of Manitoba)
Doyenne Financial
Economic Development and Jobs (Province of Manitoba)
Edison Properties
Efficiency Manitoba 
Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI)
Epic Information Solutions
Eskimo Point Lumber Supply
Farm Credit Canada
Farmer's Edge
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants
G3 Canada Limited
Genuine Comfort
Gfit Wellness
GH Tax and Bookkeeping
Global Affairs Canada
Globe Property Management
Go VenYou 
Goodeye Technologies
Grant Thornton
Higher Learning Foundation
HyLife Ltd.
IG Wealth Management
Intact Insurance
Loewen Windows
Magellan Aerospace
Malach Metal and Machining
Manitoba Education (Province of Manitoba)
Manitoba Education, Transformation Management Office (Province of Manitoba)
Manitoba Hydro International
Manitobah Mukluks
NextGen Environmental Research Inc.
Norima Consulting
ONBusiness Chartered Professional Accountants
Palliser Furniture
Parrish & Heimbecker
PCL Constructors Canada
PepsiCo Foods
PolySense Solutions Inc
Price Industries 
Procurement and Supply Chain Division (Province of Manitoba)
PTI Transformers LP
RBC Royal Bank
Red River College
REES Technology Group
Richardson International
Roga Drone
Scarrow and Donald LLP
Scott Wolfe Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.
Serenity Productions
Smartrend Manufacturing Group
Sport Manitoba
Steinbach Credit Union
Teacher's Retirement Fund
The North West Company
Transport Canada
Treasury Board Secretariat (Province of Manitoba)
University of Manitoba (Vice-President, Research and International)
University of Manitoba Libraries
Value Partners Investments
Vita Health
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc.
YES! Winnipeg

Co-op schedule



September - December
(Fall Term)

January - April
(Winter Term)

May – August
(Summer Term)

Year 2

Apply for co-op
Academic Term

Academic Term

Co-op Work Term 1

Year 3

Academic Term

Co-op Work Term 2

Academic Term

Year 4

Co-op Work Term 3

Academic Term

Academic Term

Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics


Fall term

Winter term

Summer term

Year 1

Academic Term      

Academic Term            

Academic Term             

Year 2

Academic Term
Apply for co-op
Complete IDM 5120 (1 - 3)        

Academic Term      

Academic Term      

Year 3 Co-op Work Term      

Eligibility requirements

Undergraduate student

If you have completed your first year of the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program, you should consider applying to the Asper Co-op Program. To be eligible for entrance into the program, you must have the following:

  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completed between 45-81 credit hours at the time you start your first work term (students are admitted into the program in the fall and start their first work term the following May)
  • Motivation, communication skills, commitment and the potential to represent the Asper School of Business in a mature and professional manner

Entrance to the co-op program is competitive: the above requirements are the minimum for entrance.

You are required to complete a minimum number of credit hours (45) prior to your first work term. The co-op is an academic program and you are expected to apply your academic knowledge from your business courses to the professional workplace. This also provides you the opportunity to acquire the necessary skill sets to be competitive during the recruitment process and successful in the workplace.

If you are admitted to the program, you are not allowed to have completed more than 81 credit hours before the start of your first work term. This ensures you can successfully complete your degree requirements and all three work terms in the appropriate amount of time.

Graduate students


Required GPA/student status

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Required credit hours to
participate in co-op

Minimum completion of
45 credit hours

Seminar pre requisites

IDM 5120, 3 seminars

Term details

Minimum 12-16 weeks/420 hours, full-time work,
taken at the end of the academic term. Co-op
term will be graded.

Time added to program

4 months

When to apply to co-op

Applications accepted in fall of second year.

Available co-op terms


Additional requirements


Co-op fee

$5000 (built into degree fees)

Indigenous ancestry category (BComm co-op only)

Each year, the co-op program allots five seats to students who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit in the Canadian Indigenous Ancestry Category. If you are in this category, have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and have met all other requirements for application to the Asper Co-op Program, you could be eligible for one of these five seats.

How to apply for co-op

  • BComm

    The Asper Co-op Program is now accepting applications!

    Deadline to apply:
    Regular Intake - September 27, 2021

    To apply, fill in the co-op application form located on the Career Portal. The Co-op Selection Committee will review all online applications and will respond by email to each applicant (within 1 week of the application deadline) to invite eligible candidates to attend a group interview through Zoom. Note, our process is different from last year; no pre-recorded interview is required to apply.

    Please contact the Co-op Office directly at (204) 474-8521 or aspercoop@umanitoba.ca if you have any questions about the Asper Co-op Program or application process.

    *Note: New students are admitted only once per year, in the Fall term. Students complete their first work term in the following Summer term (May – August 2022).


  • MSCM

    Applications will be accepted in the fall of your second year. Information on how to apply, including deadlines, will be posted every August.

    Please contact the co-op office at 204-474-8521 or aspercoop@umanitoba.ca directly if you have any questions about the Asper Co-op Program or application process.

  • Co-op application

International students

If you’re an international student, joining the co-op program is a great way to obtain paid, professional work experience while you complete your degree in Canada. Upon acceptance into the co-op program, it is required that international students obtain a co-op work permit before starting a work term in order to be eligible to legally complete a co-op work term in Canada.

Helpful links
Work permit information
UM English Language Centre
UM International Centre
Career Development Centre information for International Students


These resources allow students to get the most out of their co-op experience.


Will completing co-op delay my graduation?

BComm only: Your first work term takes place during the summer term, and you will be required to complete an academic semester the following summer term. Therefore, this schedule results in co-op students studying one additional term than regular Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) students. CO-OP DOES NOT DELAY YOUR GRADUATION BY 12 MONTHS! 

MSCM: co-op or applied project is included in program length.

Is Asper Co-op for academic credit?

BComm students earn one (1) credit hour for each successfully completed work term. Upon completion of the full program, undergrads will be allocated credit as a BUSINESS OPTION and your degree parchment will indicate “Co-operative Education Option.”  

MSCM students receive three (3) credit hours after successfully completing one work term. 

What is the average salary for co-op work terms?

All co-op placements are paid positions. Co-op is NOT an unpaid internship.  Salaries are determined by employers. Please view BComm salary information (PDF) for recent average co-op student salaries.

What type of commitment is required to make co-op work for me?

With acceptance into the Co-op Program, you should expect to commit to the following:  

  • Mandatory attendance and participation in learning modules (BComm) or successful completion of IDM 5120 (grad students) throughout your academic semesters
  • Preparing effective resume and cover letters to apply for jobs each work term
  • Preparing for and participating in all interviews for which you are selected
  • Completing all co-op requirements on your work term(s), writing learning objectives and work term reports as your academic requirement and receiving a successful employer evaluation
  • Frequently checking your email and promptly responding to communication from the co-op office 

Does everyone in the program find a job?

Being accepted into the co-op program does not guarantee that you will secure a job. Co-op placement rates vary depending on economic stability and labour market trends. Co-op team members work diligently with employers to develop work terms. For students to maximize their chances of finding employment they must:

  • Prepare effective marketing materials including resume and cover letters
  • Apply to all jobs for which they qualify
  • Take advantage of the resources available through the co-op office such as resume and cover letter review, interview practice, etc.
  • Be flexible and willing to try new things!
  • Undertake their own job search

If I do not find a job, will I fail co-op?

No, a co-op work term title does not go on your transcript until you have a job confirmed. If you are unsuccessful in your job search, your contribution to and continuance in the co-op program will be discussed with you on an individual basis with your Co-op team member and/or the Program Director.

MSCM: If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a work placement, you will need to complete the applied research project instead.

How much does co-op cost?

There is a Co-op fee and a credit hour fee upon successful securement of a job.  Please view BComm program fees (PDF) under resources for a full overview of the program cost.

Why do I need to pay the co-op program fee if I find my own job?

A co-op student pays the same program fee regardless of whether the job is posted by the Co-op Office or if the position is found independently.  All Co-op students engage in professional development training and workplace coaching prior to securing a placement and receive continuous support and guidance from the Co-op Office.  The Co-op Program is funded by the financial support of all students who are registered in the program. Similar to arrangements where there is a flat fee (e.g. health coverage) all students pay the same amount regardless of the amount of service consumed.

Can I be in the co-op program if I am also participating in an international exchange program?

Yes! You can be in the Asper Co-op Program if you also want to participate in an Asper International Exchange. Forty-five per cent of Asper Exchange students ARE co-op students! Please contact the International Exchange Advisor at  asper.exchange@umanitoba.ca to find out further details.

Can I be in the co-op program if I am involved in extra-curricular activities such as CSA Executive Council or Bison Sports?

Yes, 50% of Student Leadership executives are Co-op students. We also have had many Bison athletes in the Co-op Program! Please speak with a Co-op Coordinator to discuss how to successfully do both.

Are international students eligible for the co-op program?

Yes! We have many International Students in the co-op program.  Once an International Student is accepted into the program, in order to be eligible to work in Canada, the student will apply for a Co-op Work Permit through Immigration & Citizenship Canada, and must be received before starting a work term.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the necessary paperwork to be eligible to work in Canada. 

Am I still considered a full time U of M student while on a co-op work term?

While you are on a Co-op work term, the University of Manitoba/Asper School of Business considers you a full-time student; however Canada Revenue Agency does NOT consider you a full-time student.

What kind of support will I get from the Co-op Office?

Your Co-op Coordinator is always available for you to contact throughout your work term and the school year, should any questions or concerns arise. We encourage you to make use of this resource by keeping in touch regularly.

What is CPA Recruitment? / What is the difference between CPA Co-op and General Co-op? / What kind of work does a CPA firm do?

The Asper School of Business has ONE undergraduate co-op program.  However, there are many different ways a co-op student can secure a co-op job. One way is through the annual CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) Recruitment that occurs annually, each fall. 

CPA Recruitment is a structured and formalized recruitment process specifically for students majoring/interested in accounting. Accounting firms that have a pre-approved program to support employees working towards a CPA designation are referred to as “CPA Firms”. Participating firms include “the Big Four”, other public accounting firms, and training offices. They recruit and hire university students for positions in the future including winter/summer/fall co-op work terms and full-time graduate-level positions. This is an intensive process which includes writing applications (CACEE forms), the CPA Wine & Cheese, off-campus networking events, interviews, and may also include company tours. The Asper Co-op Program offers an “Early CPA Intake” with an earlier application deadline in order to have the time to admit students into the co-op program AS WELL AS prepare them for participating in the CPA Recruitment process.

Going through CPA Recruitment for a student’s first co-op work term is not the only path to an accounting career and a CPA designation. Organizations that do not participate in this process and post at later dates may also offer similar supports to employees. CPA firms that participate in the annual recruitment process may have additional openings that become available throughout the year. The Asper Co-op Program also conducts a structured “general co-op recruitment period” three times a year, in advance of the start of each distinct work term.  Any organization may post during general co-op recruitment, which typically includes various opportunities in all majors, including accounting.  Students who do not opt to participate in CPA Recruitment for their first co-op work term still have the option to participate in CPA Recruitment for future co-op work terms if their schedule permits.
Wondering if you should apply to a public or private accounting firm? Public accounting firms often prepare, review, and audit clients' financial statements. They may also conduct tax work including the preparation of income tax returns, and estate and tax planning. Private/industry firms typically employ accountants in the finance and accounting departments of the business to fulfill a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting duties. They record and analyze the financial information of the business, and provide it for internal use by managers.

Typically, students that apply for “Early CPA Intake” are pretty serious about pursuing accounting as a major and career, but it is not necessary.  If a student is undecided as to whether or not they want to try CPA Recruitment, they are welcome to still apply and participate. However, a heavy workload is to be expected as they will be required to attend co-op workshops and recruiting events, prepare multiple job applications, and attend interviews all in a short timeframe of approximately eight weeks.  All other co-op students admitted under “general intake” have a co-op preparation schedule that is spread out over the course of six months and still have the opportunity to apply for accounting positions.

Co-op employer information

The Asper co-op program is your connection to top talent to support your business needs, year round. Co-op students are bright and highly motivated , and whether you need an eager B.Comm student, or more experienced graduate student, Asper has someone to fit your business’ unique needs. Participating in the co-op program can help to bring fresh ideas into your workplace, increase your organization’s brand recognition among current students and grads, and more.

Why the Asper Co-op Program?

The Asper School of Business Co-operative Education Program is one of the University of Manitoba’s largest co-op programs and is CEWIL Canada and AACSB accredited. By joining the Asper Co-op Program, employers will have an opportunity to mentor students’ developing careers and to promote their corporate image by establishing a reputation as an employer of choice.

  • Entrance into the Asper Co-op Program is competitive. Successful applicants have been pre-screened and admitted to the program based on academic excellence, professionalism and communication skills.
  • Students complete mandatory workplace coaching and professional development training.
  • Asper Co-op students are motivated and eager to learn and bring a multitude of skillsets.

How to hire

Important Recruiting Dates 

WINTER WORK TERM (January - April 2022)
*The Asper BComm Co-op Program is returning to a rank match recruitment process for winter 2022*

Deadline to post positions: October 20
Job postings close: October 28
Interviewing period: November 1- 19*
Rank match forms due: November 22
Rank/match results announced: November 25

NEW - Interview process:

  • Conduct interviews by video, phone or in-person at your office (if public health standards are followed). Due to campus closure, U of M interview rooms are not available.
  • Please reach out to students directly to make arrangements to interview. 
  • Virtual interviews are preferred, but can be conducted in person if safety guidelines are followed and both parties agree. 
  • Fall break at the U of M falls November 8-12. While this can be a great opportunity for students to interview when no classes are in session and many will take advantage of this opportunity, we cannot obligate students to fulfill school commitments over the break period (Co-op is considered an academic program). Please provide an alternative option if they are not available. 
  • Employer Rank/Match Process guidelines
  • If you require any assistance in arranging interviews, don’t hesitate to contact the co-op office.

Note: Rank Match applies to local, Winnipeg based positions only – any “out of town” opportunities follow their own timelines, but it’s still beneficial to be aware of the rank match dates so that you may plan accordingly. 

For average BComm student wage information, click here

Graduate student wages are expected to start at $20-25/hour.


I've hired, now what?

Letter of Offer
Employers are required to provide a letter of offer/employment contract to the co-op student once placements have been finalized and could include hiring details such as:

  • Start and end dates of term (start and end dates are negotiable between employer and student employee, the co-op work term is approximately four months in duration)

WINTER (January-April) BComm 

SUMMER (May-August) B.Comm

FALL (September-December) B.Comm (MSCM 2023)

  • Hours of work (a co-op position must be full-time hours - minimum 35hrs + per week)

  • Remuneration (wages are set by the employer, if interested, reference Asper Co-op Student Salary Info)

  • To whom the student will report and check in instructions for the first day of work

  • Work site address

  • Parking or transportation details

  • Dress code

  • Information on confidentiality agreements or criminal record checks, if applicable

Creating a Successful Work Term
Assign your student a supervisor who is available to meet with and mentor them on a regular basis.

At the start of the work term, discuss expectations for the student's role, performance standards, communication, reporting structure and confidentiality. Provide youR student with an orientation to your company's work environment and policies.

Recognize that some students may need extra attention the first few weeks on the job. For some, the Co-op work term is their first experience in a professional environment.

Site Visit Meeting with a Co-op Coordinator
Approximately half-way through the term, a Co-op Coordinator will conduct a site visit meeting (if the work term is outside the Winnipeg area, a virtual meeting will be scheduled). This is a three-way meeting between the student employee, the student’s supervisor and a Co-op Coordinator. The purpose is to ensure the student is meeting/exceeding performance expectations. The student is responsible for scheduling this meeting after determining their supervisor’s availability and communicating this with the co-op office.  

A supervisor should not wait for the site visit if there is an urgent matter to discuss.  Co-op Coordinators are available anytime by phone or email. 

Supervision & Evaluation
It is the employer's responsibility to provide ongoing feedback to the student regarding their performance and ability to meet expectations. In addition to the site visit, employers are asked to complete a short online performance evaluation form shortly before the end of the student’s work term.  After completing the evaluation, we recommend that supervisors discuss their evaluation with the student, as the feedback provides valuable insight for the student’s ongoing professional development.


Asper Co-op is an Academic Program
Co-operative education (co-op) is an experiential learning opportunity that allows students to integrate academic terms with work terms in business-related positions. Employers, students and the Asper School of Business all contribute to successfully providing the combination of theoretical and hands-on experience co-op students require to excel in their future careers.

The Asper Co-op Program is a tuition-based, academic program in which students receive a grade for the course and are required to submit written assignments marked by a Faculty Advisor.  Within a few weeks of the start of the work term, students will be required to determine their learning objectives and may ask their supervisor if the goals are reasonable and represent the duties of the position.

Employer testimonials

We asked: As a co-op employer, do you think participating in the co-op program has been a positive experience for your organization?

“Absolutely! By participating in the co-op program, we are extended the opportunity to work with, coach and develop our future talent, while also providing students with an invaluable learning and work experience.” - BDO Canada

“Yes! Our co-op student joined us at a time where he had to be on-boarded remotely.  He did very well in adapting to our new work environment, quickly finding ways to stay connected with others virtually so he felt like one of our team.  He helped us to align our Analysts by tracking progress in projects and creating great articles that helped the team share and stay connected.” -  IG Wealth Management

“It has been an incredibly positive experience for me as well as all my staff.  Our Asper Co-op student has quickly become a mentor to many of my high school aged staff and that has them now thinking about their post-secondary schooling.  Our co-op student has introduced ‘a never let anyone tell you it can’t be done’ attitude.  My team now sees our company as not only a part of their work career but also their schooling.  Amazing!” - Canadian Tire Corporation

“I was so impressed with the quality of the students available as part of the Asper Co-op program and was even more impressed by our student’s contributions to my team. Her level of expertise, enthusiasm and support made the co-op placement a fabulous experience.” -  James W. Burns Leadership Institute

Specialized Skills

Employers can hire Asper students at a range of academic and professional levels to suit your specific organizational needs.


  • Undergraduates are eager to learn, are leaders on campus and in the community, and will bring great energy and openness to entry -level business roles
  • B.Comm candidates are perfect for organizations looking to grow and develop new talent, and position them for advancing career success within your business
  • Will have taken a broad range of academic business coursework

Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics

  • MSCM students will bring innovative and contemporary perspectives on ethics, sustainability, and professionalism
  • Candidates will have academic expertise and focused knowledge on supply chain management, from raw material to customer
  • Students will come equipped with  negotiation skills

Employer benefits

  • Multiple start dates

    Students are available year round and can begin work in January, May or September, for a 4-month period (8-month placements can be facilitated - for BComm only).

  • Recruitment strategy

    Employing Co-op students is a cost-effective and low-risk means of recruiting and evaluating potential future hires. Co-op students can provide relief for short-term peaks in workload, or special projects and research.

  • Be an employer of choice

    Your organization will establish an enhanced presence amongst students and will be seen as an employer of choice by all students seeking employment.

  • Tailored skills and expertise

    Hire a capable B.Comm student for an entry level business role, or consider a MSCM student with a greater depth of academic and technical skills.  


Who are Asper Co-op students?

Our Asper students are motivated and eager to learn as evidenced by their commitment to leadership roles in student groups, charitable organizations, case competitions and volunteer activities. Students will contribute their developing skills and knowledge to your business while simultaneously receiving meaningful professional experience relevant to their career goals.

    Students can concentrate in a wide range of specializations

    •    Accounting
    •    Actuarial Mathematics
    •    Entrepreneurship / Small Business
    •    Finance
    •    Human Resource Management
    •    Indigenous Business Studies
    •    International Business
    •    Leadership & Organizations
    •    Logistics & Supply Chain Management
    •    Management Information Systems
    •    Marketing

    What skills do our students have to offer?

    •    Time management
    •    Software proficiencies
    •    Interpersonal communication
    •    Adaptability
    •    Decision making

    Contact us

    No in-person appointments at this time,  currently co-op staff are working remotely 



    Asper School of Business Co-operative Education Program
    Room 254 Drake Centre
    181 Freedman Cres.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4

    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.