COVID-19 related FAQs
Message from the director of Engineering Co-operative Education:
For work term students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, we know this is a stressful time and there are lots of questions around how COVID-19 impacts your current and upcoming work term.
The Faculty is taking the appropriate steps to ensure that our students’ health and well-being remain the primary focus.
Thank you for your patience in this very challenging time. I would like to assure you that the Engineering Co-operative Education Office is doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of one of the very best co-operative education programs in the country while ensuring the health and safety of our students.
I also want to thank the student society representatives for their valuable input.
Please see some frequently asked questions below that pertain to engineering students. These questions and answers will continue to be updated as decisions are made and information is available to be shared.
Questions with an asterisk (*) are new or recently updated.
I am currently on an international work term. What should I do and what does this mean for me?
Based on travel advisories issued by the Government of Canada, students working abroad should return to Canada as soon as possible. Some students have chosen to continue on with a work term and not return to Newfoundland and Labrador. Please note this is a clear advisory from the Government of Canada for all Canadians to return to Canada as soon as possible.
I have been accepted for an international work term during the spring 2020 term. What should I do and what does this mean for me?
Given the uncertainty of international travel and global travel advisories currently in effect, the Engineering Co-operative Education Office advises all students accepted for an international work term in the spring 2020 semester to discontinue the international work term placement. If you feel very strongly that you would like to retain your international work term during the spring 2020 semester, please email your ASM-CE from your previous work term to discuss your situation.
I have been accepted for a work term in Labrador or elsewhere in Canada for the spring 2020 term. What should I do and what does this mean for me?
Memorial University’s travel advisory for all outbound travel remains in effect. You may choose to rescind your accepted work term without penalty. You would be released into the job competition immediately. You can choose to rescind the accepted work term after some time. It does not have to be an immediate decision.
All work term students are encouraged to start a dialogue with their assigned ASM-CE from their previous work term. For students going on their first work term, please feel welcome to email Geoff Smith, academic staff member, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anil Raheja, director, at email@example.com, in the Engineering Co-operative Education Office.
If travel advisories remain in effect at the beginning of the spring 2020 work term and you have not yet rescinded the work term, you will be “unplaced” and released back into the job competition.
* My spring 2020 work term has been delayed by my employer, what options do I have?
To ensure safety, some employers have indicated the need to postpone the start date of their spring 2020 work terms. These employers have typically identified a tentative later start date in June or July. Students in this situation may opt to rejoin the job competition now and forego the potential opportunity with their original spring 2020 work term employer, in an attempt to secure and begin their spring 2020 work term earlier. Please note, though, that currently there are very few jobs being posted in MyMUNLife for the spring work term due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19. Students are encouraged to remain with their original employer.
If a student would like to rejoin the job competition and rescind their original spring 2020 work term offer, please contact the Engineering Co-op Education Office at (709) 864-8816. Students will not be academically penalized for this choice.
For any student who begins a spring 2020 work term as late as early July, we are offering flexibility and leniency with respect to the required length of the work term.
I am a work term 4 student. How do I submit my communication submission for my current work term?
Students currently on work term 4 should submit an electronic version of their work term summary and a copy of the PowerPoint slides to their assigned ASM-CE by the due date, which is Friday, April 24, 2020.
This should be in ONE PDF document. The Engineering Co-operative Education Office has decided to cancel the in-person presentations scheduled for May 12-13, 2020. As more information becomes available, we will be in touch again to share updates with students in work term 4.
I am a work term 5 student, who has opted to do a presentation. How do I submit my presentation for my current work term?
Students currently completing work term 5 should submit an electronic copy of your summary and slides in ONE PDF document to your assigned ASM-CE. Your assigned ASM-CE will contact you if any additional steps are required.
I am not a work term 4 or 5 student, but I am currently on a work term. How do I submit my work term report?
Please submit a professionally created document in ONE PDF file of your report to your ASM-CE electronically. Your assigned ASM-CE will contact you if any additional steps are required.
I am in work term 1 and have been advised by my employer to work from home. Should I continue making work diary entries while working from home?
Yes, if you are still employed and producing work for your employer you should continue to make work diary entries. If your employer has ended your employment then you no longer need to keep entries.
How will I submit my work term 1 diary?
Please contact your assigned ASM-CE for direction.
I opted out of the spring 2020 work term, but my plans have now changed. How do I put myself back in the job competition?
We appreciate that some students have opted-out of the spring 2020 work term for travel or other personal reasons. If your plans have now changed, please contact the Engineering Co-operative Education Office at (709) 864-8816 to be placed back into the job competition.
What does COVID-19 mean for the spring 2020 job competition process?
All aspects of the spring 2020 job competition will be revised to avoid in-person contact. As a result, all interviews will be conducted electronically or by telephone.
Job offers will be made and accepted through email. Please note that the time limits in effect for acceptance will remain the same.
I have a spring 2020 work term in St. John’s starting in May. Will I be able to keep it?
This will be updated as more information becomes available. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting academic institutions and workplaces everywhere and situations change frequently. Unless you are otherwise informed by your employer or the Engineering Co-operative Education Office, please prepare to begin work as intended.