Considering an International Work Term?
Completing a work term abroad is an exciting opportunity for co-op students, with prior co-op representation hailing from companies in Mexico, England, the U.S.A., Germany and Hong Kong.
While some international opportunities will be posted through CSM, most students have found jobs abroad through effective personal networking. If you think that working internationally is something that you would like to pursue, we’re happy to provide support and resource suggestions to assist with your job search.
Here’s a recommended timeline if you’re considering going abroad:
As soon as possible:
- Speak with your Student Development Coordinator about your interest in international work terms. They can provide additional support and resources to help you network and find jobs.
8-12 months before your anticipated work term:
- Start networking and seeking jobs. This allows for ample time to secure the necessary travel documents such as work permits, visas, passports, etc.
At least 8 weeks before your departure:
- Attend a mandatory international orientation session.
- Secure your travel documentation, including work permits, visas, passports, etc. This documentation is time-consuming and can often require a long wait time so you should begin the process at least eight weeks before your departure.
You’re strongly encouraged to complete your first work term in Canada so that we can provide our hands-on local support in case you need it. Once you have successfully completed a work term here, you’ll be well-prepared and confident to take on jobs abroad.