International Studies and Modern Languages

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 three 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 will have successfully completed courses in:

  • Three languages (French, English, and at least 12 units of proficiency in a third language among the following: Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
  • Political science – analyses and theories
  • Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Basic training in macroeconomics
  • World religions and geopolitical analyses
  • The politics of cultural policies, and the cultural dimension of politics

In later years, students in this program develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, independent research, policy analysis, and a sensibility to the linguistic and cultural differences that shape world issues. This means interns can quickly integrate and become productive members of both inward looking (domestically oriented) and outward looking (internationally oriented) work environments.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study -
2 Study Study -
3 Study Study Work 1
4 Study Work 2 Work 3
5 Study - -

Sequence 2 - for students admitted into second year who have been granted the equivalent of 15 course units

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study -
2 Study Study -
3 Study Study Work 1
4 Study Study Work 2
5 Work 3 Study -
Examples of tasks at work
  • Interpreting scientific research and relevant multicultural biases when addressing political issues
  • Making oral presentations on international issues, research and policy
  • Providing intercultural perspectives on political issues
  • Researching and writing reports
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams to formulate policy proposals
Student salaries
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