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Co-op Program and Professional Experience (PREX) Option


The Co-op experience

The Political Science Co-operative Education (Co-op) program is an option for a limited number of full-time students entering the Political Science program.

Co-op Program

With the Political Science Co-op degree, students graduate with the equivalent of one year (three work terms) of full-time compensated employment related to their field of study and career objectives. While the Co-op degree is slightly longer (usually one term) than the regular Political Science degree, the academic content of the Co-op program is identical to that of the regular degree.

Many positions of employment are situated in the Montreal area; however, students who do not speak French should be prepared to work in other parts of Canada. Students can increase the diversity of employment options by applying to jobs across the country. International placements are also a possibility.

Students’ Co-op experience is overseen by both the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Co-operative Education.

  • The Department’s Academic Director for the Co-op Program ensures students meet the academic requirements for their degree, plans their study/work sequences, reviews their GPAs, and grades their work term reports.
  • The Co-op Institute’s Program Coordinator administers everything related to students’ training, placement applications, etc.

For all the details on the Co-op Program, please visit the Institute for Co-operative Education’s website.

Enrolling in the Co-op Program

Enrollment in the Co-op Program happens after students are admitted to Concordia. The Department contacts students who have declared their interest in the Co-op program with an invitation to confirm their eligibility and enroll in the Co-op program.

 
There are to two ways students indicate their interest in the Co-op program:
    1.    When applying to Concordia: Applicants declare their interest in the Political Science Co-op Program by ticking the Co-op box when selecting their Political Science degree program.
    2.    After students start their studies: If students did not tick the co-op box when applying to Concordia, but they subsequently decide they are interested in the Political Science Co-op Program, they should inform the Department of their interest through this online form.

To be eligible for the Co-op program, students must have:
    1.    a Concordia GPA of at least 3.3 or a CRC of at least 30
    2.    at least 60 credits remaining in their degree
 
The enrollment process is as follows:
  • The Department emails interested students once or twice per academic year.
  • Students submit information verifying their eligibility. Students who meet the eligibility criteria are given information on the Co-op program’s requirements.
  • Students who choose to enroll in the Co-op program register at the Co-op Institute

Study and Work in the Co-op Program

The Academic Director will set a course sequence (a schedule of work and study terms) that students are required to follow. Students must report to the Academic Director if there are any circumstances that could affect their ability to follow their course sequences. A sample course sequence is as follows:

Year in Co-op Program

Fall Term

Winter Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Study

Study

Study

Year 2

Work Term 1

Study

Work Term 2

Year 3

Study

Work Term 3

Study

 

Study terms are full-time (at least 12 credits), and students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 throughout their degree. At the end of their work terms, students submit a work-term report for the Academic Director’s approval.

The Institute for Co-operative Education has its own requirements for the Co-op Program. After students register for the Co-op program, they are required to pay termly Co-op fees, attend the Co-op Institute’s Orientation, complete Career Fundamentals seminars online (on resumes, cover letters, job searching, interview skills), and so on. Please see the Co-op Institute website or contact the Program Coordinator, Rachel Bureau, for further details.Study terms are full-time (at least 12 credits), and students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 throughout their degree. At the end of their work terms, students submit a work-term report for the Academic Director’s approval.

The Professional Experience (PREX) Option

PREX is an option for a limited number of students in the Political Science program. Through PREX, students complete a summer work term, facilitated by the Institute for Co-operative Education.

PREX students do not graduate with a Co-op degree, but they can access the opportunities available through the Institute for Co-operative Education for one paid work term over the summer.

As with the Co-op program, many positions of employment are situated in the Montreal area; however, students who do not speak French should be prepared to work in other parts of Canada.

Students’ PREX experience is managed by both the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Co-operative Education.

·         The Department’s Academic Director for the Co-op Program ensures students meet the academic requirements for the PREX option, reviews their GPAs, and grades their work term reports.

·         The Co-op Institute’s Program Coordinator administers everything related to students’ training, placement application, etc.

Enrolling in PREX

Admissions for the PREX option happen once per year (usually in the Spring) for students interested in doing work terms during the following Summer term. For example, students would apply for PREX in Spring 2020 in order to do a Summer 2021 work term. During each year’s round of admissions, the Department contacts students who have declared their interest in PREX (through this online form) with an invitation to apply.

To be eligible for PREX, students must have:

1.       a Concordia GPA of at least 3.3

2.       at least 30 credits completed and at least 45 credits remaining in their degree

Even if students meet the eligibility criteria, there is no guarantee they can enroll in PREX. Spaces are very limited, and the students who best fit the criteria will be selected.

The application process is as follows:

·         The Academic Director emails interested students with invitations to apply for the PREX option.

·         Students submit information verifying they meet the eligibility criteria.

·         The Academic Director selects the students who best meet the eligibility criteria.

·         The Co-op Institute registers the selected students.

PREX students have fewer requirements than Co-op students, but they are still required to pay some fees to the Co-op Institute, attend the Co-op Institute’s PREX Orientation session, complete at least one study term following their PREX work term, and so on. For further details, please see the Co-op Institute website or contact the Program Coordinator, Rachel Bureau.

Questions about Co-op or PREX?

Please visit the students section of the Institute for Co-operative Education for information on sample responsibilities, fees, job application procedures, etc. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Bureau, Political Science Coordinator for the Institute of Co-operative Education, rachel.bureau@concordia.ca.

For questions relating to admissions, GPA requirements, and course sequences for a Co-op program or PREX option, please contact Dr. Nicole De Silva, Academic Director, Co-op, Political Science, polisci.co-op@concordia.ca.

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