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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Internships and Co-ops

Students at Ontario Tech University have the option to participate in paid program-related work placements while working toward their degrees.  A co-op or internship term typically begins in May, September, or January and can be 4, 8, 12, or 16 months in length.  For information specific to each faculty, please see further details below.

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

Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT):
To be eligible for the Business and Information Technology 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 Faculty of Business and Information Technology website.


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS): 
To be eligible for an 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 and Radiation Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Software Engineering.

More information can be found on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science website.

Faculty of Science (FS):
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 the second year of study.

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 Faculty of Science website.

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH):

An internship is typically 8 to 16 weeks in duration and must be at least 280 hours of continuous employment, up to a maximum of 16 consecutive months. To qualify, a student must be in clear academic standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B), and have completed 84 credit hours (4th year standing) in their program of study.

Participating programs include Communication and Digital Media Studies, Criminology and Justice, Forensic Psychology, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, and Political Science

More information can be found on the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities 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 from other faculties?

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 Faculty of 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 the second semester. Find out more on the Faculty of 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 internship@ontariotechu.ca. 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 coordinator.

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

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 FBIT) (fall)
  • Corporate information sessions
  • Employer panels
  • Job Fair (winter)
  • Networking events
  • Reverse Career Fair (for FEAS) (fall)

Contact the Career Centre at careercentre@ontariotechu.ca 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
janette.banga@ontariotechu.ca

For more information about Ontario Tech University, visit ontariotechu.ca.