When you join the Institute, you’ll get a head start on building your career. Alternating between study and internships gives you a glimpse of your future career opportunities, the chance to apply what you have learned in class and the ability to gain practical work experience.
The institute offers internship opportunities to students in about 40 academic programs across all faculties in the university.
The benefits of participating in the Undergraduate Co-op are unquestionable and abundant. Here are just a few:
Enhance your career-skills through career development webinars and practical in-person sessions.
Receive assistance and support in finding an internship in your field.
Gain work experience in your field without making a long-term commitment.
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.
Have a competitive edge when you join the workforce full-time.
"As a newcomer to Canada I did not expect to receive an internship offer from such a big company like Airbus. I am super grateful to the Institute and the wonderful team that supported me throughout my internship, this opportunity allowed me to build a network of professional contacts and great references that would help me to jumpstart my career after graduation." – Emile Tabbakh, Software Engineering
"Completing the one internship program allowed me to apply the knowledge I have learned in my undergrad to the real world. I was able to learn so much working hands-on in the lab and overall it was a great experience that helped determine what career path is best for me." – Leandro Cedeno, Biochemistry
As with all internships, it must be:
Minimum 35 hours per week, full-time.
12 to 17 weeks
Start in September, January or May
Successive internships need to build on your previous experiences and push you further, even when staying within the same company.
Cannot be supervised by a family member.
In an office setting with a physical address (not remote/virtual/home-based).
Relevant to program of study.
Admission to the Institute is a competitive process, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Institute's programs.
All applications must be confirmed by your department before being finalized.
Maintain or exceed the minimum grade requirements for your program. See criteria for your program on the How To Apply page.
Must be registered in a Concordia University undergraduate academic program which has a Undergraduate Co-op option:
Once you have been accepted at the Institute you will have access to the Handbook with the full listing of policies. Here are just a few:
Students must be physically located in Montreal in the semester prior to their internship in order to attend interviews with employers (i.e. you cannot be actively applying for internships while on a study/work abroad).
Are ultimately responsible for finding an internship; an internship is not guaranteed
Cannot rescind an accepted internship offer. A student that rescinds an accepted internship offer will be immediately withdrawn and will not be eligible to re-apply to the program in a future admission term.
Must complete 3 internships to be eligible to graduate with the Co-op Institute mention.
Must complete all Career Fundamentals, academic and reflective learning requirements as directed
Must have at least 3 credits remaining in their program after their final internship and finish their academic program on a study-term; students cannot graduate on an internship
May take one course during their internship with permission of their employer; the course must not interfere with regular business hours
Who are not proficient in French must be willing to do their internship outside the province of Quebec
Note: The Institute does not provide advising on academic matters. It is the student's responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines in the undergraduate calendar. The institute is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
International student policies:
Students must obtain a valid Co-op work permit through Citizenship & Immigration Canada. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.