Graduate Co-op is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience relevant to their field of study. With this program, graduate students in eligible programs will complete one full-time paid internship.
The many benefits of participating in the Graduate Co-op include the opportunity to:
Gain real-world experience as you complete 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
Acquire valuable experience in the Canadian labour market. International students accepted into the program will receive a special work permit in order to complete their internship
All internships must:
Be paid, full-time positions (minimum 35 hrs./week) that are relevant to your program of study
Start in September, January or May and last between 12 to 17 weeks
Not be supervised by a family member
"Joining the Co-op program is the best decision I made during my MBA program. It filled the gap between the school and the workplace. As an international student, not only did I gain local work experience but also got to know my strengths and weaknesses so I could better prepare for my career in North America."
– Yingying Zhang
"My internship at Air Canada Vacations has given me the opportunity to see so much more about Revenue Management in the Travel and Tourism industry than I was able to learn in the classroom. I have developed both leadership and people skills in the process of the internship and have a much greater concept of what to expect after the MBA program."
– Souptik Pal
"As an international student, Concordia University's Institute for Co-operative Education has given me the best platform to start my career in Canada by providing me the opportunity to get high-quality work experience."
Are responsible for their academic progress (e.g., course selection)
Students cannot renege an accepted internship offer. A student that refuses to undertake the internship will be immediately withdrawn and will receive a Fail on their transcript
May complete one internship only (12–17 weeks)
Must complete all training, academic, reflective learning and Institute requirements as directed
Students must return to their studies after the internship and must have at least three credits remaining in their program after their internship; 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
The Institute must approve all internships and vet all employers
Note: Students are responsible for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines in the Graduate Calendar. The Institute is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
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.
International students will receive a letter of support from the Institute upon admission to the program in order to apply for their Co-op work permit. Students are responsible for completing the application process and obtaining the work permit as soon as possible
How to apply
Economics MA students must consult the Economics Co-op web page and contact the Co-op Academic Director, Dr. Christian Sigouin directly.
Applications for Grad Co-op for JMSB and GCS are currently closed. Admission will reopen at the start of 2022.
Students from the faculties of JMSB and Arts & Science should not have completed more than 15 credits to apply.
Students from the faculty of Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science should not have completed more than 16 credits to apply.
Students will be advised of their admission status within 6 weeks after the closure of application period. Admission is highly competitive.