Undergraduate Student Co-op


What is Co-op?

Co-op is  a term of 4-16 months during which you stop classes and work full-time at a company in your field. This experience has several incredible benefits such as:

  • real-world experience that can be added to your resume
  • experience that can count to your experience record for your Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation, once taken after half of your academic program has been completed
  • a break from school which still allows you to grow as an engineer and/or scientist
  • a period which allows you to develop interpersonal skills such as time management, professionalism, and industry-specific expertise
  • so much more!

Invitations to the Co-op program are sent to eligible students via email. To get more info, review the co-op website and then contact the Co-op team!

1. Meet the Academic Requirements

Ensure you meet the CGPA and prerequisite requirements. Use our self-assessment for an overview of your requirements.

  • Full-time (minimum of 9 credits per term) 2nd year student
  • Maintain an Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 or higher in an undergraduate engineering or science program


  • You will have earned 60-90 credits before your first work term
  • Before your first co-op, you must have successfully completed: ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG 2001, 30+ credits at the 2000 level


  • You have completed between 50-60 credits before your first work term
  • Before your first co-op, you must have successfully completed all core 1000 and 2000 level courses

2. Attend Two Mandatory Workshops

April 19-30, 2021:

Complete at least two mandatory sessions (i.e. Information Session, Resume Fundamentals, and Interview Fundamentals Workshop.)

1. Information Session

  • Learn about eligibility, registration, fees, job-search process, types of employers and opportunities, and securing a position.
  • There are separate information sessions for Computer Science/Security/Digital Media and for Engineering and EATS.
  • This is the first mandatory co-op session.

2. Resume & Interview Fundamentals for Co-op/Internship

  • There is no distinction between programs for this session.
  • This is the second mandatory co-op session.

3. Apply for the program and for your dream job

Apply to the program, track deadlines for enrolment, and submit job applications.

Upon completion of the required sessions, submit an online application

  • Online application accepted between April 30-May 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  To apply go to Co-op & Internship (left side menu)  and select your degree program
  • Submit one application only. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Next application window will open in May 2021.

Next Steps: Students will be notified via email of their admission between May 4, 2021 –May 7, 2021.

Admitted students will have access to Co-op/Internship Job Postings beginning September 2021.

This webpage is purely informational. Students must review the comprehensive list of requirements and expectations for obtaining a co-op placement on the Co-op website to ensure eligibility. 

Registration in the program is through the co-op office, not the ESSE department.