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  • Co‐op scholars are passionate, motivated, and ambitious. We look for students with excellent communication skills, motivation, and leadership potential. An understanding of the industry they are applying for is important, along with the ability to demonstrate responsibility, commitment, and resilience. This Program is for students who thrive on challenges, appreciate the opportunities presented to them, make the most of every situation and commit to seeing things through to the end.

  • We are looking for students who get involved in a wide range of activities, are ambitious and keen to contribute. Our scholars demonstrate significant and sustained achievements outside of the classroom and can balance their academic, extracurricular, and social pursuits. They care about what is happening in the community, country, and the world at large and are looking to make a positive social impact. Students should have a real and genuine interest in a career in industry or a government enterprise in their chosen program.

Application steps

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Online application

Step 1

Register now to start your online application for the UNSW Co-op Program.

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Step 2

Nominate your Careers Adviser / School Representative to complete the Schools Assessment Page (SAP) to confirm your activities.

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Step 3

Introduce yourself and let us know something interesting, unusual, unique or different about you to expand on your written application.

Key dates

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Completing the online application

The first step is to register online to start your application. 

Make sure you review the application questions and start drafting your responses.

Remember the Co-op Program is looking for what makes you stand out from the crowd. Include enough detail in your answers to showcase who you are, what experience you have and why we should choose you. A list of achievements is a good start, but an explanation about how these achievements have helped you grow as an individual is much better! 

Log on and update your application as many times as you like, just make sure you click SUBMIT before the 30 September!

Please check the Co-op's eligibility criteria and application questions.

Schools Assessment Page (SAP)

Make sure you nominate your Careers Adviser or Year Level Coordinator to complete your Schools Assessment Page (SAP) as soon as you register. You must have nominated someone to submit your application. Your teacher can submit the SAP after 30 September.

Once applications have been reviewed, a notification email will be sent advising you to view your application status online (see timeline above for dates). You'll be advised of the outcome for all program preferences selected in your application.

Briefing and Interview days

If you successfully progress to the interview stage you will be invited to attend an interview briefing session and your Co-op interviews. An email notification will be sent on 7th November for interview offers.

The Interview Briefing Day will be on 19th November & interviews will take place on 20th November. If you successfully progress to the interview stage you will be invited to attend an interview briefing session and your Co-op interview.

At the Co-op interview briefing session, you'll meet the Co-op team and find out greater detail about the program, and more specifically what you can expect during your Co-op interview. You’ll have a chance to ask the team all of your questions about the program and interview process.

During your Co-op interview, you will meet with a panel comprising of academics and/or industry representatives who will ask questions to find out more about you and your suitability for the program.

The interview briefing day completely inspired me and reassured me that I was on the right path. My interactions with first-year Co-op scholars on the day of my interview continued to fuel my excitement as I felt they were so genuine about their support of the program and this was infectious.
Capri Maher
Capri Maher
Marketing scholar

Offer and acceptance

When interview outcomes are finalised, you will again receive a notification email advising you to view your application status online. You'll be advised of the outcome of all interviews attended (some students attend multiple interviews).

Conditional offers will be sent on Thursday 7th December. If you receive a conditional offer you will have some time to consider whether you would like to accept or decline this offer pending the results of your high school exams. This is the time to consult family and friends so that you are prepared with an answer when your results are released. On the day your exam results are released you will need to communicate with the Co-op team to confirm how the offer will proceed.

If you receive a shortlisted status you will be contacted by the Co-op team prior to the UAC closing date to advise whether any offers have become available. If we cannot reach you by phone we will email our advice.