Public and International Affairs (MA)

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

On entering their first work term, our Public and International Affairs graduate students have successfully completed their first year of training and have taken courses in the following areas:

  • Concepts and issues in international affairs
  • Research methods for public policy
  • The politics of the policy process
  • Globalization and governance
  • Democratic governance and public management
  • Ethics and moral reasoning for public and international affairs
  • Micro- and macro-economics
Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2StudyWork 2Study
3Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2StudyStudy
3Study--
Examples of tasks at work
  • Assisting in the preparation of policy decks
  • Helping in the policy consultation process
  • Preliminary research on strategic initiatives
  • Reviewing media coverage and analyzing public opinion
  • Writing briefing notes, summaries and reports
  • Writing profiles for media
  • Writing synopses of public opinion research
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