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Internships and Co-ops


What do we mean by internship and co-op?

Internships are paid program-related work placements that students have the option to take while working toward their degrees. They typically begin in May, September or January, and last 12 or 16 months. Students can participate at the end of the third year of a four-year undergraduate degree program, or at the end of the third or fourth year if enrolled in a five-year undergraduate degree program. The extended work term provides an opportunity to take on long-term projects and integrate fully as a contributing member of a team.

The term co-op normally applies to a three- or four-month work term, usually served in the summer period between years of undergraduate study. Academic prerequisites vary by faculty. Back-to-back co-ops of eight months may be served with the same company, or with two separate employers. In a co-op term, a student will acquire an appreciation of company culture and management structure and have the chance to apply academic theory in a practical setting.

 Why recruit from Ontario Tech University?

  • You will have access to a year-round supply of motivated students who have acquired the theoretical foundations and technical skills to be immediately productive on the job;
  • You will have access to highly qualified co-op students who can provide short-term relief in times of high workload, special projects, and employee leave;
  • You will reduce the costs of recruitment by not having to advertise for limited-term positions;
  • Employing co-op students is cost-effective and provides a valuable screening process for future potential career employees;
  • These highly motivated and creative students bring new energy and a fresh perspective to some of our challenging issues; and 
  • The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) and possible NSERC award.

What are your responsibilities as an employer?

  • Provide work that offers program-related experience and appropriate challenge;
  • Ensure a supportive and constructive work environment;
  • Offer appropriate supervision, coaching and mentorship and ensure ongoing and clear communication;
  • Provide orientation to the workplace and required safety training;
  • Plan regular meetings with students to discuss goals, project work and provide regular verbal feedback;
  • Complete evaluations as requested during work term, discuss comments with students and send copies to Ontario Tech University; and
  • Participate as an advisor in the writing of the work report and complete the employer’s component.

Which Ontario Tech University programs offer internships and co-ops?

The Faculty of Business & Information Technology (FBIT), Faculty of Science (FS), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS) partner with the Career Centre to offer students opportunities to gain industry experience through participation in optional internship and co-op.

Faculty of Business & Information Technology (FBIT):
To be eligible for the Business & IT Internship program, students must be completed their second-year courses and maintain a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA each semester at the time of registration in the internship course.

Participating programs include Business (Commerce), Game Development and Entrepreneurship, and Networking and Information Technology Security. More information can be found on the Business and Information Technology website.

Faculty of Science:
To be eligible for the Science Co-op program, students must be in their second year of studies or above and meet the minimum requirement of 2.7 cumulative GPA.  Students would begin to apply for opportunities for the summer term after second year.

Participating programs include Applied and Industrial Mathematics; Biological Science; Biological Science and Management; Chemical Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; and Physics.  More information can be found on the Science website.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS): 
To be eligible for internship, students must be completing year three of a four-year program, or year four of a five-year program, and meet the minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA requirement. Students may apply for co-op positions from the end of year one.

Participating programs include Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Health Physics & Radiation Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Software Engineering.

More information can be found on the Engineering website.

Ongoing recruitment for co-op and internship
Our co-op and internship programs do not follow the rank and match criteria and therefore, employers may post their opportunities, interview, and give offers at any time of the year as long as the start dates occur in May, September or January.  We will do our best to respond to any last-minute recruitment needs that you may have.

How do employers recruit students in faculties other than Business & IT, Science and Engineering?

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities incorporates real-world experience into all programs through practicum. Students are placed in positions related to individual interests and preferred field. Find out more on the Social Science and Humanities website.

The Faculty of Education requires that students in the consecutive program complete three professional practica throughout the one year program. Students in the concurrent program complete one professional practicum each year. Find out more on the Education website.

The Faculty of Health Sciences' Medical Laboratory Science students complete three clinical practica starting in their sixth semester. Nursing students complete professional practices every year starting in second semester. Find out more on the Health Sciences website.

Hire top talent in five easy steps

Step one: Input your internship or co-op posting on the Student Life Portal or email details to Students may apply to you directly or through the portal, which allows a bundle of applications to be sent to you on the application deadline. 

Step two: Arrange an information session targeting students in related programs (optional step).

Step three: Hold interviews with selected candidates on campus or at your place of business. Interviews may also be scheduled by the Career Centre team. Interview space is available on campus.  

Step four: Present job offers to students and send copies to the internship and co-op co-ordinator.

Step five: Receive acceptance letters from successful candidates. Copies are forwarded to the internship and co-op co-ordinator.

How can you promote your company on campus?

The more students know about your company, the more likely you are to generate interest and attract top talent. Plan to visit Ontario Tech University to find out more about us and raise the profile of your company on campus.

Join us on campus by participating in:

  • Career Bus (winter)
  • Connect Day (for Business & IT) (fall)
  • Corporate information sessions
  • Employer panels
  • Job Fair (winter)
  • Networking events
  • Reverse Career Fair (for engineering) (fall)

Contact the Career Centre at 905.721.8668 ext. 6177 to take advantage of any of these opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to post an opportunity, contact:

Janette Banga 
Internship & Co-op Coordinator
Career Centre, Ontario Tech University
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4
905.721.8668 ext. 6177

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