CO-OP FOR STUDENTS
When you enroll in Co-op, you’ll get a head start on building your career. Alternating between study and work terms gives you a glimpse of your future career opportunities, the chance to test what you have learned in school and the ability to gain practical work experience. Sound interesting?Find your co-op program
Co-op requirements – what to expect
Before you apply to a Concordia Co-op program, take the time to find out a few key things you need to know about our Co-op programs.
As a Co-op student, depending on your program, you may acquire between 4 and 16 months of work experience related to your academic program, through paid work terms. This gives you an advantage over other graduating students in a competitive job market.
You’ll also enjoy a wide range of benefits and services that enhance your Co-op experience and help you to be better prepared for your working life:
- Test out careers and get on-the-job experience in your field
- Bring your experience back to the classroom
- Perfect your job-hunting skills and build networks
- Develop the soft skills that can make all the difference in your workplace, such as communication, teamwork, time-management, and interpersonal skills
- Mentor other students
- Earn income while on work terms
The success of the program speaks for itself: studies have shown that Co-op students’ academic performance improves after work term experiences and they tend to find better jobs more easily after graduation and advance more quickly in their careers.
Read what students have to say about their Co-op experiences.
See the sample job responsibilities for:
After you are accepted into the program, you’ll have at least two academic semesters before your first work term. After that you’ll alternate between study and work terms. However, you must remain a full-time student throughout the program and register for at least 12 credits per study term for undergraduate students. You must be either on a work term or in school full-time each term.
Note that each program has its own study /work term sequence:
- Faculty of Arts and Science
- Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- John Molson School of Business
Graduate students have a flexible schedule and work terms are available in any semester, but they must maintain their full-time status. Check with the Co-op office for more details.
Joining Co-op gives you the chance to work for a wide range of employers. Prior to each work term, you apply for jobs that are posted on COMPASS, our on-line system. You are encouraged to also find opportunities on your own, as long as they meet our criteria, or create your own job. You can also do your work term outside of Quebec or overseas.
While finding a job is ultimately your responsibility, we give you all the support we can. We offer mandatory workshops on writing resumés, cover letters, and interview skills, and coach you while you develop your job search. As part of the Co-op experience, we offer you additional workshops to enhance your career development.
All Co-op students on work terms must be paid by their employer, but Co-op puts the emphasis on experience, not salaries. The salary you earn from your work term depends on your field, employer, your work experience (including Co-op work experience) and other factors. Visit our Employers section to see salary ranges.
Work term evaluations
Co-op students receive a grade of Fail, Pass or Pass with Distinction for each work term. The work term evaluation is based on three components:
- Work site visit: A Co-op representative visits you and your supervisor at the job site during the work term. If an in-person visit is not possible, we will conduct interviews by phone or Skype.
- Employer evaluation: Employers will establish performance objectives with you during the first few weeks of your work term. They will have an opportunity to review your performance during the work site visit and close to the end of the work term, and complete an evaluation form.
- Work term report or presentation: After each work term you must complete a written report or give a presentation (PowerPoint), depending on your program and work term level.
Reflective Learning (Reflection in Action)
Undergraduate students also participate in a Reflective Learning course throughout their work terms. In this course you’ll learn to think critically about the workplace, reflect on your personal goals and objectives, and examine the relationship between what you learn in the classroom and on the job. Each reflective learning course is worth three complementary credits and is marked on a pass/fail basis. The grade has no impact on your overall GPA, but it is indicated on your transcript.
Students who are currently on a work term are enrolled in a Work Term and Moodle Course and will have access to all relevant information they need during the work term.
For students who are not currently on a work term, all important information can be found on COMPASS.
Select COMPASS then select "Resources" or your Moodle Course when enrolled on a work term.