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Institute for Co-operative Education

The Graduate Co-op Program is a structured internship program offered through the Institute for Co-operative Education. The program supports work-integrated learning through relevant work experiences that allow students to combine theory and practice, and to transfer knowledge and skills between work and classroom settings. It is an opportunity for students to broaden their perspective, strengthen their skills and better prepare for the job market.

When enrolled in a Graduate Co-op Program, the student must complete an internship successfully to receive a degree with a Co-op designation. Graduate students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science and the John Molson School of Business are eligible to apply to their department’s Co-op Program.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Internship Courses

When participating in an internship offered through the Institute for Co-operative Education, the Institute will enroll students in an internship course to indicate that the student is on an internship. These internship courses carry no credit value, but do indicate that the student maintains full-time status while enrolled in the course. Internships are typically 420 hours in length, over the course of one term. The courses are graded as Pass/Fail.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Reflective Learning Courses

A core feature of work-integrated learning is integration between the work experience and academic experience. The Institute enrolls students in a Reflective Learning course while they are on their internship. The course carries 3 complementary credits, and as such is above and beyond the credit requirements for the student’s program. These courses are graded as Pass/Fail.

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