CO-OP in English
Co-operative Education integrates study with paid, discipline-related work experience. As a Co-op student, you will gain an enriched understanding of your academic program through practical application. You’ll also gain an understanding of career opportunities related to your studies, learn about the realities of the workplace, and develop contacts in industry or the public sector.
To graduate with the Co-op Option, students must complete three 4-month Co-op work terms (with an optional fourth) or a 12- or 16-month internship between their third and fourth years of study. Students who complete three Co-op work terms or an internship receive 3 credit-hours, counting as one elective course for graduation requirements. All Co-op students attend workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in job preparation skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and business ethics.
Each work term is considered an academic course and is noted on a student's transcript with a Pass or Fail grade. Undergraduate students starting their first co-op work term during or after the summer of 2020 will receive 2 credit hours for each co-op course completed (up to a total of 6 credit hours, counting as two elective courses towards graduation requirements). Undergraduate students who have started their first co-op work term prior to the summer 2020 term, will receive 3 credit hours upon completion of their third co-op work term (counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements).
Students typically enroll in Co-op at the beginning of their second year of study, but third-year students are also welcome. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.