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Graduate Co-op

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 a full-time paid internship during one term.

Program benefits

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 

Internship criteria

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

Eligibility for students

Admission to the Institute is a competitive process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Institute's programs. Before applying students:

  • from the faculties of JMSB and Arts and Science should not have completed more than 15 credits to apply
  • from the faculty of Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science should not have completed more than 16 credits to apply
  • 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:

  • Economics (Thesis)

  • Business Analytics and Technology Management (MSc)
  • Finance (MSc)
  • Management (MSc)
  • Marketing (MSc)
  • MBA
  • Goodman Institute of Investment Management (GIIM)
  • Supply Chain Management (MSCM)

  • Aerospace Engineering (MEng)
  • Building Engineering (MEng)
  • Civil Engineering (MEng)
  • Computer Science (MApCompSc)
  • Construction Engineering and Management (MEng) 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng)
  • Environmental Engineering (MEng)
  • Industrial Engineering (MEng)
  • Information Systems Security (MEng)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MEng)
  • Quality Systems Engineering (MEng)
  • Software Engineering (MEng)

Required steps to complete the Graduate Co-op program

To successfully complete the Graduate Co-op program students must:

NOTE: Prior to the work term students must apply to, interview for, and be hired for an internship.

Student policies

  • Must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.3
  • Must undertake a minimum of 2 study semesters (once enrolled at the Institute) prior to their internship semester
  • Must be physically located in Montreal in the term prior to their internship in order to attend interviews with employers (i.e., 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)
  • 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 an academic term during which they are taking only academic credits after the internship term, the last semester at the university cannot be 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 all employers
  • Must be aware that the credits associated with their internship semester are complementary credits and do not contribute to the completion of their degree credits.

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.


All 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.
  • 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
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