Environmental Sustainability (MSC)

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

CO-OP students in the Environmental Sustainability program focus on how to address environmental sustainability issues through an interdisciplinary lens that takes into account economic, environmental science, and law and policy perspectives.    The interdisciplinary integration of information allows students to understand business processes, strategies and skills in diverse settings. These processes, strategies and skills can include environmental assessments; policy analysis and policy, report and regulation development (in particular through integrated assessment analysis and evidence-based decision-making); environmental sustainability methodologies for various applications (research and planning for strategic initiatives, knowledge translation, evaluation of policies and stakeholder participation strategies); and organizational and leadership skills (project management experience, networking skills, communication and writing skills).

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Conduct integrated assessment analyses of complex environmental problems
  • Conduct research and planning for strategic initiatives
  • Critically assess sustainability policies, reports and regulationss understanding effectively to various audience
  • Design communication strategies
  • Design quantitative decision-making tools to apply to environmental problems
  • Design stakeholder participation and public involvement strategies
  • Develop policy solutions
  • Manage environmental planning and resources
  • Manage in public and parapublic sustainability sectors
  • Negotiate with various stakeholders
  • Offer environmental consulting (private sector)
  • Participate in policy consultations
  • Perform environmental assessments
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Provide policy analysis
  • Weigh scientific evidence to resolve pressing environmental issues
  • Write briefing notes, summaries or reports
  • Write media releases, gain earned media and use social media
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