How to Score a University Co-op Scholarship – Zoe Diamond
Posted on September 3, 2014 by Zoe Diamond
I am a 3rd year UNSW Accounting Co-op recipient. I was successful in securing both UNSW and UTS Co-op scholarships but chose to accept UNSW because of the university’s reputation in the industry and the opportunity to complete a third internship. I have completed an internship at the NSW Treasury Corporation, worked as a Project Manager for Baycorp Australia, and am currently completing my second internship at Coca-Cola Amatil. I have been offered graduate positions from all three firms.
What Co-op Programs are looking for
- Employment/volunteer experience (even if it is just at a fast food chain)
- Extracurricular activity involvement
- Awareness of the industry you are applying for
- Academic excellence
Applying for Co-op Programs
- Make sure you know the key dates so your application is not rushed
- Research the streams you wish to apply for
E.g., For Accounting, you should research the different types of accounting, the Big 4 accounting firms, how accounting impacts all aspects of business, and the sponsors of the programs.
- If you are successful in obtaining an interview, knowing the sponsors and having done research on them is especially important as you will be interviewed by a sponsor who will want to know that you have a genuine passion for the industry.
- Make sure you plan and proofread your answers
- Be yourself! The Co-op Program is looking for genuine people who are committed. If you make out to be something that you are not, people will know.
Benefits of a Co-op Program
- Invaluable industry experience
- Financial support
- Becoming a highly attractive graduate in the recruitment market
- 100% graduate employment rate
- Most scholars are offered employment from their sponsors
- Many scholars are able to obtain part-time work from sponsors whilst undertaking university
- Academic and professional support from the Co-op administration team
Deciding to Accept a Co-op Scholarship
- The decision should not be made lightly
- There are high expectations of your performance
- Co-op minimum academic requirements can be difficult to maintain
- Do not accept a Co-op scholarship for the money – you have to work very hard for that money, it does not come for free!
- The UNSW Co-op Program has high dropout rates due to failure to meet academic standards, pressure and restrictions the program places on your course selection, holidays, etc.
- You must be passionate about the stream you are offered. If you would rather do something else, you should pursue this. The Co-op scholars that make it to the end never have any other options in their mind.
I found it difficult to choose between the UNSW and UTS Co-op Programs. I encourage students to apply for both programs. However, you should be well-informed, as in the event that you have to choose between programs, this has to be a quick decision.
|UNSW Co-op Program||UTS Co-op Program|
|Program Length||4 years||3 years|
|No. of 6-month internships||3||2|
|Academic Requirements||Must maintain Credits in all subjects (Distinction for Finance Stream)||Must pass|
|Number of positions (Accounting) offered||8-10||30-40|
|Class structure||Attend normal Bachelor of Commerce classes||Only attend class with Co-op scholars in your stream|
|Graduate Recruitment||Offers ‘speed recruitment’ session||Sponsors recruit directly from within program|
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