International Economics and Development

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 International Economics and Development have successfully completed courses in:


  • Micro- and macro-economic theory
  • Development economics
  • Canada and the world economy
  • The economics of globalization


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 the economic implications for Canada of foreign developments
  • Doing statistical and cost-benefit analyses of international development projects
  • Monitoring developments in international trade patterns
  • Preparing briefs for government ministers on global economic issues
  • Preparing economic forecasts and conducting research on the global economy
  • Researching the economic factors affecting international development
  • Reviewing the relationships between cultures and international policies
Student salaries
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