Economics Experiential Learning: Co-op program (UG)

Gain a competitive edge!

After graduation, the challenge of finding a job at the same time as thousands of other new graduates begins. Co-op alumni tend to find jobs faster than other students and at higher salaries. How? With the help of Concordia's Institute for Co-operative Education, they have already sharpened their job search; résumé and cover letter writing; networking; and interview skills while studying. They also have between 4 and 12 months of relevant paid work experience to put on their résumé! This also allows Co-op students to orient their career in the right direction by letting them sample different types of jobs or employers before they graduate.

Joining the Co-op program is a career building opportunity.

The C.Edge (Career Edge) program is an option that students can consider instead of Co-op:

  1. C.Edge only has one work term rather than three.
  2. Students can be full-time or part-time, in any of the three degree programs (Major, Specialization, or Honours) offered by the Department.
  3. To be eligible for C.Edge, students must have a 2.5 CGPA and have completed at least 45 credits (excluding ECP credits) before the work term begins. 
  4. The admission process only happens in the Winter semester.

For more information, please consult the Institute for Co-Operative Education's C.Edge webpage.

The Department of Economics is the only Arts and Science department that offers the Co-op option to its MA students. As a member of the MA Co-op program, you must remember the following characteristics of the program:

  1. MA students must complete a single internship;
  2. MA student do not have to register for a minimum number of credits in a study term, including summer; 
  3. Leaves of absence are not permitted without the permission of the Co-op Academic Director.

Get more information about the Economics Co-op program.

You have been invited to join the Institute for Co-operative Education's program? Congratulations! If you are a new student at Concordia, read your admission letter carefully; it contains information on the steps required to accept this offer. If you are a current student, please read the email you have received for the next steps. 

You will be invited to meet with the Co-Op Academic Director to confirm your work/study sequence. You need to become actively involved in the program two semesters prior to the first scheduled work term.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns: the Economics Co-Op Academic Director, the Co-Op Coordinator, and the Economics Internships and EL Coordinator are all there to support you. Welcome aboard!

A Distinguished Co-Op Alumna: Nichola Dyer

Nichola Dyer, an Economics Co-Op alumna from 1985, works as a program manager at the World Bank, where she has worked for the past 25 years.

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