Our Co-op scholar tips for future applicants

“I ensured that both my application and the interview were reflective of who I really was and what I wanted to get out of the program.”


Josh Ng, 2016 Civil Engineering Co-op scholar

“I identified what I had learnt from each of my experiences and related this to relevant questions. I then had it proofread by someone I trusted.”    


Nanway Chen, 2016 Mechanical Engineering Co-op scholar 

“In preparation for my interview, I tried to stay calm, no one knows you better than yourself, and the interviewers just want to get to know you better.”  


 Sophia Songberg, 2016 Actuarial Studies Co-op scholar

Completing the online application

The first step is to Register Online to start your application. The earlier you do this, the longer you’ll have to work on your application.

Download our Quick Guide so you can review the questions and start drafting 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 28th September!

Once your application has been reviewed, a notification email will be sent advising you to view your application status online. You will be advised of the outcome for all program preferences selected in your application.

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Interview and briefing days

If you successfully progress to the interview stage you will be invited to attend a Briefing Day and an Interview Day. You will be asked to accept your interview online.

At Briefing Day you and your parents are welcomed on to campus to meet the Co-op team and find out greater detail about the program, and more specifically what you can expect on your Interview Day. You’ll have a chance to ask the team all of your questions about the program and interview process. You will also be reminded about your interview time and location and we strongly recommend taking the time to visit the building where your interview will be taking place so that you don’t get lost on the big day.

On your Interview Day, 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. We recommend allowing plenty of time to get to campus aiming to be at least 15 minutes early for your interview time.

Offer and Acceptance

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

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 UAC closing date to advise whether any offers have become available. If we cannot reach you by phone we will email our advice.

“Receiving a Co-op scholarship was an amazing surprise. It filled me with a new level of excitement and passion to begin university and explore what is in store for me over the next four years.” 

Ben Munro, 2016 Marketing Co-op scholar



Are there other opportunities to become a Co-op scholar?

The Co-op Program sometimes has scholarship and one off internship positions become available after the main applications round is over. When this happens we advertise these positions to the relevant faculty and ask current UNSW students to apply.

We can't predict how often or when these positions will become available, but you can always check the website to find out if an opportunity has arisen.


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