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Program benefits

The benefits of participating in the Graduate Co-op include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Simultaneously gain professional experience, while completing your academic studies\research without adding time to your degree length
  • Build your professional network prior to the completion of your academic journey through employer and specialized workshops, site visits and networking events
  • Earn academic recognition on your transcript for completing work experience in your field of study
  • Access numerous internship opportunities not available publicly, sourced specifically to your academic profile
  • Gain access to professional tools and resources only available to students enrolled in the Institute for Co-operative Education
  • International students accepted into the program will not only receive a special work permit in order to complete their internship, but also get valuable experience in the Canadian labour market

Internship criteria

All internships must be:

  • Paid
  • Minimum 35 hours per week
  • Between 12 to 17 weeks 
  • Starting in either September, January or May
  • Relevant to a student’s program of study



  • Admission to the Institute is a competitive process, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Institute's programs.
  • Must have a minimum current GPA of 3.3
  • Students should not have completed more than 15 credits to apply.
  • Students in the MBA program must have completed 24 credits before they can begin an internship
  • Must be registered in a Concordia University graduate academic program which has a Graduate Co-op program.
  • Faculty of Arts and Science
    • Economics
  • John Molson School of Business
    • MBA
    • MBA Investment Management (Goodman)
  • Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • Building Engineering (MEng)
    • Civil Engineering (MEng)
    • Computer Engineering (MEng)
    • Computer Science (MApCompSc)
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng)
    • Industrial Engineering (MEng)
    • Information Systems Security (MEng)
    • Mechanical Engineering (MEng)
    • Quality Systems Engineering (MEng)
    • Software Engineering (MEng)



  • must be physically located in Montreal in the term prior to their internship in order to attend interviews with employers (e.g., cannot be on exchange or travel).
  • are ultimately responsible for all the steps required to secure an internship even while the Institute fully supports a student's internship search 
  • are responsible for paying Institute fees.
  • are responsible for their academic progress (e.g., course selection).
  • cannot rescind an accepted internship offer. A student that rescinds an accepted offer will be immediately withdrawn.
  • may complete one internship only (12–17 weeks).
  • must complete all training, academic, reflective learning and Institute requirements as directed.
  • must begin and end on a study term; students cannot graduate on an internship.
  • may take one course during their internship with written permission from their employer; the course must not interfere with their internship.
  • who are not proficient in French must be willing to do an internship in regions where full French proficiency is not required.
  • are responsible for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines of the university. The Institute does not provide advising on academic matters. The Institute is not responsible if students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.


  • All employers must be vetted by the Institute.


International students:

  • are required to be registered in a full-time course load during academic terms, regardless of the above policies. International students must always refer to the International Students Office for all questions regarding course registration requirements, immigration, work visa, student status, etc.
  • will receive a letter of support for their Co-op work permit application from the Institute upon admission to the program.


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