An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her 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 background 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 Geology-Physics specialize in one of three programs of study, physics, mathematical physics or computational physics. They have successfully completed courses in

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Paleontology
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentary systems
  • Hydrogeology
  • Climate change
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Computational geology
  • Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Modern optics
  • Mathematics (including differential and integral calculus, algebra)


They have also acquired laboratory experience and are familiar with research techniques, scientific computing and data 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 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4StudyStudyWork 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
  • Assisting with geophysical and drilling programs
  • Collecting field samples
  • Collecting geological data
  • Data analysis
  • Geological mapping
  • Laboratory measurements
  • Laboratory processing of geological samples
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Problem-solving
  • Scientific calculations
  • Technical writing
  • Using geological specimens
Student salaries
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