An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you are investing in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put their 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 foundation 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 Biology have successfully completed courses in mathematics, chemistry and physics. They may then specialize in

  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics


They have also acquired laboratory experience working with the most up-to-date scientific equipment. This training means interns will integrate quickly into your work environment, becoming a productive member of your team in no time.


Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4StudyStudyWork 4

Sequence 2

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study -
2 Study Study -
3 Study Work 1 Work 2
4 Work 3 Study Work 4
5 Study Study -
Examples of tasks at work
  • Communication of scientific results
  • Data analysis and management
  • Educational programs for schools and museums
  • Laboratory techniques and analysis
  • Research and analysis on issues related to biological systems, the environment and chemical products
  • Statistical modeling
Student salaries
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