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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 physics, computation arts and design 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 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 option is available in the Computation Arts and Design undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and in the Physics undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Your work terms must last 12 to 16 weeks and take place during the summer, between May and August. As a student in this program, you can choose to do one or two work terms.

Undergraduate academic requirements

You are eligible for the Professional Experience option if you:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time student in the semesters before and after the summer work term
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits before your first work term
  • Have a minimum of 12 credits remaining after the work term
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (cumulative and last annual) throughout the time you are enrolled in the Professional Experience option
  • 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

Please note that every student who submits an application receives a notification of our decision. Not all students will be admitted to the program.

For more information about the Professional Experience option or to apply, please contact to Lucia Plescia, Co-op program coordinator.

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