Our Tourism Management programs incorporate work experience as part of the overall education in order for students to develop meaningful connections between the theory of the classroom and reality of the workplace. Employers become 'co-educators' for the duration of the student work term. The practicums and co-op is overseen by a faculty member, and students interact with the university regularly while on their work term.
Co-op (short for cooperative education:) are paid work experiences which are regulated and accredited by the Association for Cooperative Education and a national board. Students must complete preparatory courses and meet a number of requirements before engaging in a co-op.
Bachelor of Tourism Management and Tourism Management Diploma
Focus of work terms: any of the tourism sectors of interest to the student.
Co-op length: 4 months (500 hours)
Co-op timeframe: May - August
Employer requirements: Complete Student-Employer work term contract, provide job description, review student learning objectives, engage in faculty site visit mid-way through the co-op, complete student evaluation at end of work term.
Tourism Management Diploma for International Students
Focus of the practicum: any of the tourism sectors of interest to the student.
Practicum length: 8 weeks (unpaid)
Co-op timeframe: August/September
Employer requirements: Complete Student-Employer work term contract, provide job description, review student learning objectives, engage in faculty site visit mid-way through the co-op, complete student evaluation at end of practicum.
Tools for Industry
Quick facts guide (PDF) to get you started
Employer Handbook (PDF)
Co-op Job posting form (DOC)
Email Christy Dodds, Co-operative Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
“After having enjoyed working in the restaurant and service industry, I was looking for an opportunity to turn my job into a career. The Tourism Management Program at Capilano U was the opportunity I was looking for. The knowledge shared by the instructors prepared me for the unparalleled professional exposure I received during the co-op portion of the program, which I completed with Fairmont Hotels. After graduation, my experience allowed me to secure a position in the Fairmont Leadership Development Program and helped launch my career.”
James Southam, Front Desk Manager, Fairmont Waterfront
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