All about Co-operative Education

What is Co-op?

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

  • Students alternate academic study semesters with periods of approved field-related work experience
  • Students complete three 4-month work terms to receive a Co-operative Education designation on their parchment (additional work terms are not available/offered)
  • Co-op students are engaged in productive work, paid for the work performed and monitored by a Co-op coordinator
  • Students' on-the-job performance is supervised and evaluated by the employer

What can Co-op do for you?

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

Finance your degree: All Co-op work terms are paid (average wage $21.73/hour)

Access a career network: Opportunity to build a professional network through recruitment events, networking, employer panels and work term mentorship

Develop job search skills: Learn techniques for writing effective resumes and cover letters, as well as interviewing skills (in person, telephone or video) that stand out to employers

Insight into career options: More awareness of program-related opportunities

Read about one Co-op student's successful work experience term during COVID-19.

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

How and when to apply

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

The application period opened Feb. 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. and will remain open until programs are full or until Sept.17, 2021 (last day to adjust registration for fall semester with tuition refund). Apply early!

Once you have applied, you can view your status online and will receive an email within 5 business days with notification of official admission status.