You must have a co-op work permit if your program requires work, such as a UBC co-op, internship, or practicum to complete your program requirements.
A co-op work permit allows you to work full-time during academic terms if your work is required for your program and this work is approved by your program. You are typically enrolled in a co-op term, internship, or practicum course.
You do not require a work permit to work on and off campus during studies for non-co-op employment, if you meet the specific work requirements. You cannot apply for a co-op work permit for internships which are not required for your program or that are required by external funding organizations.
If you are not sure if your work is required for your academic program, please contact an Academic Advisor from your faculty or your graduate program advisor. You will need a letter from your faculty or program to apply for a co-op work permit. Learn more about UBC co-op programs.
If you are eligible for the temporary policies allowing you to work off campus more than 20 hours a week between Nov 15, 2022 and Apr 30, 2024, and your co-op placement will finish during this period, you might be exempt from a co-op work permit. Review the FAQ for important eligibility details.
When to apply for your permit
Start your application for a co-op work permit as soon as you receive an official letter confirming that the work is required for your program of study. Examples are a letter of acceptance in the co-op program or a letter acknowledging that you are required to do the internship as part of your graduate program from your department or graduate program at UBC.
Do I need a medical exam for my co-op work permit?
If you will be working in jobs which require a medical exam, such as working with children or seniors, in healthcare settings, clinical laboratories or in agriculture, you must complete a medical exam and have the right conditions on your work permit before starting your position. Learn more about medical exams.