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Undergraduate Co-op

The Institute offers internship opportunities to students in over 70 academic programs across all faculties. By alternating between study terms and three internships, you'll get a head-start on your career, the chance to apply what you've learned in class, and the opportunity to gain practical work experience.

Program benefits

Along with a competitive edge when you're ready to join the workforce after graduation, there are many benefits to participating in the Undergraduate Co-op. They include the opportunity to:

  • Enhance your career skills through webinars and practical in-person sessions
  • Receive assistance and support in finding an internship in your field
  • Apply your academic learnings and gain work experience in a "real world" setting
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities

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
  • Build upon your previous experiences and push you further, even when staying within the same company
  • 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:

  • You must meet the minimum grade requirements — criteria for your program are on the How To Apply page
  • You must be a full-time student, most commonly defined by being registered in at least 12 credits in each semester.
  • You must have sufficient credits remaining in your degree to accommodate 3 work terms alternating between academic terms. For students at the John Molson School of Business and at the Faculty of Arts & Science, you must have at least 60 credits remaining. For students at the Gina Cody School of Engineering, you must have at least 90 credits remaining – and for students in the Computer Science program you must have at least 60 credits remaining.
  • You must be registered in a Concordia undergraduate academic program that has a Co-op option, such as:

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Actuarial Mathematics/Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology (Environmental and Sustainability Science)
  • Biology (Systems and Information Biology)
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (Environmental and Sustainability Science)
  • Economics
  • Journalism
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Translation

  • Accountancy
  • Business Technology Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Operations Management

Engineering — BEng

  • Aerospace
  • Building 
  • Civil 
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Software

Computer Science — BCompSc

  • Computer Science
  • Joint Major in Health and Life Sciences
  • Joint Major in Computation Arts
  • Joint Major in Data Science

Required steps to complete the Co-op program

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

NOTE: Prior to the first work term students must apply to, interview for, and be hired for an internship. Likewise for the second and third internship opportunities.

Student policies

After acceptance to the Institute you'll have access to the handbook, that covers such policies as:

  • Must undertake a minimum of 2 study semesters (once enrolled at the Institute) prior to their internship semester
  • Students must be physically located in Montreal in the semester prior to their internship to attend interviews
  • With training, support and access to opportunities from the Institute, students are responsible for securing their internships
  • A student who rescinds an accepted internship offer will be immediately withdrawn from the program and will be ineligible to re-apply in the future
  • Anyone not proficient in French must be willing to do their internship outside of Quebec
  • Students are responsible for paying Institute fees
  • Students 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
  • Students may take one course during their internship with written permission of their employer; the course must not interfere with their internship
  • 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 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 students must be registered in a full-time course load during academic terms regardless of the above mentioned policies for Canadian students.

  • International students should refer to the International Students Office for all questions regarding such matters including course registration requirements, immigration, work visa and student status
  • 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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