Economics and Political Science

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 Economics-Political Science have successfully completed courses in

  • Micro- and macro-economic theory
  • Probability and statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Differential and integral calculus, linear algebra
  • Canadian politics
  • Political philosophy
  • International relations
  • Research methodology
  • Public administration and governance
  • Globalization


At the same time, they develop independence as well as skills in critical thinking, research, writing, communication, organization and statistical analysis. 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 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4
Examples of tasks at work
  • Analyzing domestic and international policy
  • Assessing policy positions and strategies
  • Decoding economic funding formulas
  • Doing statistical, cost-benefit and trend analyses
  • Drafting correspondence
  • Planning and applying economic research
  • Preparing economic forecasts
  • Presentations
  • Research reports
  • Strategic research
Student salaries
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