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Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education, or Co-op, is designed to integrate undergraduate academic studies with paid work experience. It provides students with meaningful, paid work experience, networking capabilities, and helps build and develop students’ competences and skill sets.

Algoma University’s Co-operative Education Program follows the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education model of paid work terms, allowing students career exploration and experience in areas of career interest, while academic terms build a solid foundation of theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the area of study.

Co-op information for students

Algoma University’s Co-operative Education Certificate is offered concurrently with all disciplines. Traditionally, most placements have been in the areas of computer science, information technology, business administration, and accounting. A growing field of interest is biology and various Bachelor of Arts programs.

To graduate with the Co-operative Education Certificate, students must successfully complete their degree program, pass COOP 0101, and successfully complete three work term placements (with one placement being during the academic year).  An acceptable Work Term Reflection Report must be received for each work term to determine whether a student may continue on to subsequent placements.

Co-op 0101

Career Skills Course is a one-credit co-op course designed to inform students about the program and prepare students for the job search process. Topics covered include skills assessment, resume and cover letter tips, interview skills, job search skills, and business etiquette. Students are encouraged to enroll in COOP 0101 within the first two semesters of study.

The following courses must be completed to earn a Co-operative Education Certificate:

  • COOP 0101 (career skills course);
  • COOP 0201 (first four-month work term placement);
  • COOP 0202 (second four-month work term placement); and
  • COOP 0301 (third four-month work term placement).

All co-op courses are charged at the rate of their credit weighting. International students do not pay international fees for co-op credits. All co-op credits are based on the Canadian Fee Schedule found in the Academic Calendar (PDF).

For a list of employers offering Co-op Education & career opportunities, please visit the Co-op Job Postings (PDF).

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Note: There is no guaranteed work-term placement.  Although the Co-op Office liaises with employers to generate work-term postings, placements are always employer- and market-driven; therefore, some semesters will have more positions than there are applicants and other semesters will have more applicants than there are positions.

Co-op contact

For more information, please contact:

Cindi Elgie
Experiential Learning and Co-operative Education Co-ordinator
705-949-2301, ext.4214
Office: SH 203