Frequently Asked Questions
1. I’d like to connect with your top students. Could you recommend them to me?
With the holistic approach we take on admissions, not to mention the highest GPA requirement of all SFU faculties, we believe that Beedie students are the cream of the crop. More than 75% of students work throughout their academics, over 50% participate in co-op, 50% volunteer their time, and more than 35% are involved in extracurricular activities on campus. With such outstanding talent to choose from, we’d hate to limit your candidate pool to those we personally know.
2. Do you pre-screen resumes?
Our approach is to provide all qualified Beedie students with the option to apply for any opportunities that are of interest to them. However, we can work with you to tailor your job description to attract the best candidates for your position and, based upon objective criteria such as GPA or years of work experience, we can assist in providing a pre-screened resume package.
3. Do we have to pay interns?
The Beedie School of Business only posts paid internships, unless they are short-term, part-time internships with a registered charitable organization.
4. Can I get a student or class to work on a project related to my business?
Possibly. We are happy to post paid project work for students and alumni as a contract opportunity on our online job board. However, as classroom-based projects need to be worked into the curriculum of the course, and faculty need to plan 6 – 8 months in advance, we don’t typically partner with organizations in this way.
5. Do you work with third-party recruiters?
As a search agency, recruiters can post jobs with us if they share who their client is (we will keep that information confidentially) and provided that they do not charge students.
7. Can I hire an MBA over the summer?
Our MBAs are in class full-time for 12 months, from September to August. Their internships begin in the fall. However, we can post your opportunity as a project, visible to other students, alumni or MBAs who may wish to take on a small project in addition to their full-time course commitments.
8. What’s the difference between a co-op work term and an internship?
At the undergraduate level, internships are paid, part-time or full-time opportunities (or unpaid opportunities with not-for-profit organizations) that the student does not receive academic credit towards their degree for completing. Internships are open to all Beedie students regardless of GPA or academic standing, and no paperwork is required from SFU Beedie.
Co-op positions are paid, full-time positions of 4, 8, or 12 months, aligned with the academic terms, and offered through the Co-op
office. To participate in co-op, students must maintain a minimum GPA and complete several pre-requisite workshops. A key difference is that students are enrolled in a co-op course during their work term, which appears on their transcripts, and they receive academic credit for the experience. Co-op coordinators monitor each student’s progress throughout the term via feedback from the co-op work-term supervisor.
At the graduate-level, internships begin in the fall, are full-time, a minimum of 4 months, and are typically paid (unless they are with a charitable organization). SFU Beedie does not offer co-op work terms at the graduate level.
9. How much should I pay an MBA intern?
Compensation is set by market rates which vary considerably based on prior degree, project scope and market value of the work. The salary is negotiated between you and your intern. “Average” rates of pay for 2014 were approximately $3,750.00/month, with a range from $2,500 – $5,000/month.
14. How do I teach in one of your programs?
The accreditation agencies for the Beedie School of Business require that a very high percentage of classroom instructors hold PhDs. If you are interested in teaching as an adjunct instructor, and hold a PhD in a business-related discipline, please feel free to send your CV to Ian McCarthy
, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs or Andrew Gemino
, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program. If you do not hold a PhD, SFU Beedie does hire sessional instructors for some courses on a semester by semester basis.
For a current listing of all faculty openings, please click here
Another great way to make connections with the faculty for future opportunities is to volunteer as an in-class special topics expert