Environmental Economics and Public Policy

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 6 out of 10 (a B average). Students begin their first work term after two complete years of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. Students are available year-round.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

By the time they begin their first work term, CO-OP students in Environmental Economics and Public Policy have successfully completed courses in:

  • Micro- and macro-economic theory
  • Global environmental challenges
  • Environmental science (including introduction to biodiversity, ecotoxicology, contaminant transport, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and waste management)
  • Environmental and natural resource economics
  • Probability and statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Canadian public service structure, operation and current issues

In later years, students in this program develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, independent research, economic theory and modelling, policy analysis, economics of the public sector and cost-benefit analysis. This means interns can integrate quickly into your work environment and become productive members of your team.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4
5Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-
5StudyStudy-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Helping develop and operate environment-economy computational models
  • Interpreting scientific and economic research related to the environment
  • Liaison with stakeholders
  • Oral presentations on environmental challenges, research and policy
  • Research and report writing
  • Statistical and cost-benefit analysis
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