Co-operative Education (co-op)

Co-op allows students to combine classroom learning and real-world experience through paid work terms that alternate with academic terms. It is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations.

Interested students apply during their first year of study. Entrance into the co-op option is competitive. The application process is explained to students through co-op information sessions, which are advertised well in advance. 

Co-op students pay an additional administrative fee of $475 per work term. The administrative fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to co-op students. These services are dedicated to co-op to support student success; however, they do not guarantee that a student will automatically secure a position.

Becoming a co-op student

Once you have applied and been accepted to a program at DC, you will be invited to apply for co-op if it is offered in your program. Students apply for co-op in Year 1. The application process is explained to students through co-op information sessions, which are offered throughout the year and are advertised well in advance.

Limited numbers of students are accepted into co-op to ensure adequate training, job selection and support. Although work terms are not guaranteed, the Co-operative Education office will provide job search supports to students and assist with job development.

Students meeting all academic requirements will have the opportunity to complete their scheduled co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment over a period of 12 to 16 weeks. In most cases, the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters.

Students who are accepted into co-op will pay an administrative fee of $475 for each required work term in their program.  This fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to co-op students.

In addition, co-op students complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course prior to starting a work term.  Some course sequencing may also be altered from the non-co-op option. Once in co-op, students must maintain their academic performance and adhere to required standards of conduct to continue in this option of their program.

Preparing for the work term

The Co-op and Career Preparation credit course (COOP 1000) is a prerequisite to participating in the first work term and helps students prepare and plan successfully for the job search and subsequent work term(s).

In this course, students will develop a range of job search and career planning skills, including self-assessment, resumé and cover letter preparation, effective interviewing, and job search techniques. Knowledge of the world of work, particularly as it relates to the co-op experience, will be emphasized. This is a hybrid course that involves in-class exercises and online experiences to provide students with all aspects of today’s world of work.  Students will have opportunities to prepare their work search portfolio, access career resources online and prepare themselves for successful work terms.

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