Cooperative education is "hands-on" education, extending the learning process beyond the classroom into the workplace by alternating academic terms with paid study-related co-op terms. Here’s how it works: co-op students apply in second year and enter the program in their third year, where they alternate academic terms with work terms, and graduate with at least one year of work experience in the real world, a network of valuable contacts and the skills to successfully transition into graduate studies or a career. Often co-op students find permanent employment with a former co-op employer or a supervisor for their graduate studies.

Benefits to students

  • Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in academic terms in a real world work setting
  • Gain practical, relevant work experience
  • Network within organizations, make contact with potential employers and supervisors
  • Explore career choices in order to make more informed decisions upon graduation
  • Travel
  • Improve job search and professionalism skills including writing resumes & cover letters, handling job interviews, interacting with co-workers and employers and more!

Application Process

We host co-op information sessions during both Fall and Winter semesters. Look for these events on OSCARplus to learn more about the program and the application process from SCCE staff. For Fall 2016-Winter 2017, information session dates are as follows:

November 2017      8, 23, TBD (BioPharm-specific)
January 2018          8, 16, TBD (BioPharm-specific)

Details on the application process can be found here. Program-specific information can be found in the undergraduate course calendar.


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