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All about Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education (Co-op) is an optional program that formally integrates students' academic studies with work experience. 

What can Co-op do for you?


Obtain industry-related work experience: Gain program-relevant experience and skills with the opportunity to work in different roles with a variety of employers

Develop job search skills: Learn how to write professional resumes and cover letters, how to conduct a successful job search and hone interviewing skills (in person, telephone or video) that stand out to employers

Build a career network: Grow your professional network through on-the-job interactions, networking, employer panels and work term mentorship

Gather insight into career options: Through our exclusive job board, you can explore a multitude of opportunities and organizations related to your degree


Students who graduate with Co-op work experience:

  • Have higher employment rates
  • Get careers related to their education
  • Earn more than other graduates


The Co-op program has provided me with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the reality of the accounting industry. During my time in the program I made friends, memories and professional connections that I will carry with me for years to come. This experience has given me confidence in my abilities and has solidified my choice of career. The skills that I have learned will continue to benefit me for the entirety of my professional life, not to mention that without the Co-op program, I likely wouldn't have a job waiting for me post-graduation.

- Ethan Snidal
  Fourth-year BBA, Accounting Co-op student


What is the Co-op journey?

  • Complete the course COOP 0001

  • Search and apply for work experience jobs (including those on our exclusive job board)

  • Students complete up to three 4-month work terms

  • Additional work terms are not available/offered. You must end on an academic semester

  • Students who complete three 4-month work terms will receive a Co-operative Education designation on their parchment


For additional information, see below, or email


How and when to apply

Students are encouraged to apply during their first or second year.

The application period opened Nov. 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. and will remain open until programs are full or until Jan. 14, 2022 (last day to adjust registration for winter semester with tuition refund). Apply early through My Career Hub!

Once you have applied, you can view your status online and will receive an email within 10 business days with notification of official admission status.