Political Science and Communication

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 Communication-Political Science have been given interdisciplinary training in organizational communications and media, which allows them to develop their synthesis and critical thinking skills. They have also successfully completed courses such as

  • Canadian politics
  • Political philosophy
  • International relations
  • Research methodology
  • Public administration and governance
  • Globalization


At the same time, they develop their skills in research, report writing and communication. This training means interns will integrate quickly into your work environment, becoming a productive member of your team in no time. They are ready to take up positions in the public service, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector.


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
  • Analyzing media coverage
  • Designing, realizing and implementing communication and public relations campaigns
  • Designing promotional materials for the media and the public
  • Designing public opinion surveys
  • Designing web pages
  • Drafting articles and backgrounders
  • Organizing conferences and special events
  • Presentations
  • Research reports
  • Speechwriting and drafting correspondence
  • Strategic research
  • Writing strategic communication plans
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