Communication (MC)

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 7 out of 10 (a B+ average). Students begin their first work term after one complete year of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below.

Skills that are in demand

When they embark on their first CO-OP work term, students in the Master’s in Communications program at the University of Ottawa will have taken courses in one or more of the following areas:

Organizational Communication

  • Media studies
  • Research methodology
  • New media
  • Communications management

 Normally, these students will have gained the following skills:

  • The ability to reflect critically on various communication phenomena
  • The ability to analyse several communications situations and phenomena
  • The ability to express opinions on national and international news as it concerns media, crisis management communications, public relations, new technologies, etc.
  • The ability to reflect on and apply certain key methodologies in the field of communications
Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Assessment of crisis communication strategies
  • Communication strategy needs analysis (internal/external)
  • Design, preparation and implementation of communication plans (internal, crisis, strategic, event-based, etc.)
  • Development and/or assessment of a promotional campaign (in health or other areas)
  • Development and/or assessment of media strategies (social media use)
  • Development of organizational communication training
  • Internal communication needs analysis
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