CO-OP: A world of opportunities

What is CO-OP?

Undergraduate Programs

Co-operative education at the University of Ottawa allows you to apply concepts learned in class during paid work terms. After about four years of study, you will have not only get a diploma that indicates you participated in a CO-OP program but also approximately 16 months of experience in your field of study and a network of valuable contacts. All of these factors will contribute to helping you find a job more easily after graduation.

Master Programs

Co-operative education at the University of Ottawa allows you to apply concepts learned in class during paid work terms. After about two years of study, you will have not only get a masters diploma that indicates you participated in a CO-OP program but also approximately 4 to 8 months of experience (depending on the program) in your field of study and a network of valuable contacts. All of these factors will contribute to helping you find a job more easily after graduation.

Top five reasons to join a CO-OP program:

  • Gain valuable paid work experience in your field of study
  • Develop professional skills and gain a better understanding of the workplace
  • Discover what career fits you through different job opportunities
  • Meet key people in the job market who will facilitate your placement after graduation
  • Travel and meet interesting people

How does it work?

Preparing for summer CO-OP placements - at a glance:

1

Fall of second year*

Prepare for CO-OP

  • Apply to CO-OP (before September 30*)
  • Receive admission decision in mid-October.
  • Attend mandatory workshops.

*For most undergraduate programs

2

Winter of second year

Begin job search

  • Apply for jobs through CO-OP Navigator.
  • Attend interviews with employers.
  • Receive notice when you are matched with an employer.

3

Summer of second year

Complete work term

  • Set work term objectives.
  • Participate in mid-term evaluation.
  • Write and submit final report.

I have a reserved spot in the CO-OP Program

Reserved spot in CO-OP program

 

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