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 Geography have successfully completed courses in

  • Physical and human geography
  • Cartography
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Field research methods


They may then choose a generalist approach to geography or decide to specialize in the physical geography of cold regions, urban and regional processes, or public policy on the environment. 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
  • Climatology
  • Computer-assisted cartography
  • Ecology
  • Environmental geography
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geomorphology
  • Remote sensing and aerial photo analysis
  • Rural and regional planning
  • Soil use and resource optimization
  • Spatial analysis
  • Urban and economic geography
Student salaries
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