Economics and Public Policy

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 and Public Policy have successfully completed courses in:


  • Micro- and macro-economic theory
  • Probability and statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Principles of public administration

At the same time, they are developing independence as well as skills in critical thinking and synthesis, research, writing, communication, organization and statistical analysis. This training means interns will integrate quickly into your work environment and become 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 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Analyzing issues related to public policy and the public sector in a wide variety of areas, including labour, health and the environment
  • Assessing policy positions and strategies
  • Doing statistical, cost-benefit and trend analyses
  • Planning and applying economic research
  • Preparing economic forecasts
Student salaries
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