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 three 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

Before being placed in their first work-term experience, Chemistry CO-OP students have successfully completed courses in

  • Organic and inorganic chemistry, analytic and physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Transition metal chemistry
  • Applications of spectroscopy


Students are familiar with laboratory procedures and are able to identify chemical compounds. This training means that interns are prepared to integrate your work environment quickly and to become productive members of your team in no time.


Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
3StudyStudyWork 1
4Work 2StudyWork 3
5Work 4Study-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Identification of chemical compounds
  • Synthesis and separation of chemical compounds
  • Using various techniques including chromatography and spectroscopy
Student salaries
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