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Industrial and Professional Experience Options

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We offer two alternative options: 

  • Industrial Experience is for Engineering and Computer Science students
  • Professional Experience is for Computation Arts and Design, Journalism and Physics students

Our alternative options function like our regular Co-op programs with two main exceptions:

  • They allow a flexible number of work terms, depending on the degree program
  • They have a different application process

If you are accepted into an alternative option, you’ll have the same responsibilities as students in the regular Co-op programs. Like Co-op, these work terms will give you a competitive edge when you join the workforce. As a student you will:

The Industrial Experience option is available in all engineering and computer science undergraduate programs and non-thesis Master of Engineering (EXCLUDING AEROSPACE) and Master of Applied Computer Science programs.

To add value to your academic program, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with the Institute for Co-operative Education offer you an opportunity to gain practical experience in a field relevant to your program of study.

The benefits of participating in the Industrial Experience option are unquestionable and abundant. Here are just a few:

  • Receive help in finding a job in your field
  • Enhance your skills through career development webinars and practical in-person sessions including job search, resume, cover letter and interview skills
  • Apply academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a practical work environment
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Gain important soft skills and develop independence and maturity

A Professional Experience (PREX) option is available in following undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Arts and Science:

-Computation Arts

Work terms are paid, full-time internships related to your field of study. They last 12 to 16 weeks and take place during the Summer, Fall or Winter. As a student in this program, you can choose to do one or two work terms.

Undergraduate academic requirements & application process

You are eligible for the Professional Experience (PREX) option if you:

  • Are enrolled in a minimum of 9 academic credits in the semester before your work term
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits before your first work term
  • Maintain the required annual and cumulative GPA for your program throughout the time you are enrolled in the Professional Experience (PREX) option
    -Computation Arts and Design: 2.5
    -Journalism: 2.8
    -Physics: 2.7
  • Are proficient in either English or French. Students who are weak in French must be willing to do work terms outside of the province of Quebec.

In September or October of every year, you will be contacted by your respective department to apply.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements as well as submit a letter of intent, your resume and a copy of your transcript by the deadline indicated. You will be asekd to send the application to your Academic Director and to cc the Co-op Program Coordinator for yoru respective program.

For more information about the Professional Experience (PREX) option, please contact Lucia Plescia, Co-op Program Coordinator at or the Academic Director for your respective program:

Pippin Barr
Computation Arts and Design Academic Director
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
(514) 848-2424 Extension 2058
S-EV 6745

Andrea Hunter
Journalism Academic Director
Assistant Professor, Journalism
(514) 848-2424 Extension 2485
L-CJ 4211

Alexandre Champagne
Physics Academic Director
Associate Professor & Chair, Physics
(514) 848-2424 Extension 3264
L-SP 367-05

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