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Internships and Co-ops

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.

Which faculties offer co-op or internship?

The following faculties offer an optional co-op and internship program:

  • The Faculty of Business and Information Technology
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
  • The Faculty of Science

How do I apply?

To register for co-op or internship, please log in to the Student Life Portal.

On the left-hand side, select your faculty (eg. Engineering Co-op) and proceed to select your program.  Please note that you must meet the eligibility requirements outlined at the top of this page. Complete the registration process and your account will be reviewed before you gain access to the co-op/internship job postings.  For any questions or concerns, please contact Janette Banga, Co-op and Internship Co-ordinator.

Why consider internship or co-op?

  • Clarify career direction and define employment goals.
  • Develop a valuable network and build confidence in interacting with employers.
  • Earn money to offset the costs of education and reduce debt load.
  • Enhance your résumé by acquiring relevant technical and employability skills.
  • Explore future employment potential.
  • Gain industry experience in a chosen field.
  • Increase motivation to learn and better understand the significance of course material.
  • Strengthen your skills through practical application.

How can the Career Centre help?

We can help you:

  • Complete the necessary documentation.
  • Locate relevant internship and co-op opportunities.
  • Prepare to market yourself with confidence at the interview stage.
  • Tailor your resumé and cover letter.
  • Transition smoothly from school to work.