Graduate Co-op programs are 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 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
"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."
"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. My internship has given me a greater understanding of what it is I have learned in the classroom and given the opportunity to apply it to real situations. Other things that I have valued most about my internship at Air Canada Vacations, but not limited to, was the nice and supportive working environment. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and get better understanding of the culture of the company and the industry.I would sincerely want to thank JMSB, Concordia University for giving international students the opportunity of a Canadian Co-op experience, to the entire Co-op Department of JMSB for helping me with the complete process of application and interview, and to my Manager and Director of Revenue Management and all my colleagues at Air Canada Vacations for being a mentor, guide and providing constant support during the entire period of the internship."
"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."
All internships must be:
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 must have fewer than 15 credits completed to be eligible.
Must be registered in a Concordia University graduate academic program which has a Graduate Co-op program:
Faculty of Arts and Science
John Molson School of Business
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 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.
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.
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 now closed. The next application cycle will open September 2021.
Students must have fewer than 15credits completed to be eligible. Students will be advised of their admission status within 2 weeks of the application closure date. Admission is highly competitive.