As an Arts & Science co-op student, you have a team of co-op staff working with you along your journey. From day one, you will be immersed into the world of work with COPD01: Navigating the World of Work, which sets the foundation for your success in co-op. You will have a chance to investigate career options, develop a job search plan, create and receive feedback on job search documents, interact with senior students, and gain insight into industry trends.
After successfully completing COPD01, you will receive your work term sequence and begin to work one-on-one with your student development coordinator to craft your job search documents (resume, cover letter, references) and develop interview preparation (mock interviews). This takes place in COPD03: Job Search Preparation where you will further develop your job search skills to compete for work terms in industries specific to your program area; typically, this begins eight months (two semesters) before your first scheduled work term. Once you have completed this preparation, you will be approved to begin competing for work term positions.
There are three co-op courses available to support you in your work term job competition:
- COPD11: Work Term Competition 1
- COPD12: Work Term Competition 2
- COPD13: Work Term Competition 3
These courses are taken during the respective terms where you are seeking work.
You can complete two or three paid work term experiences in an area related to your studies while completing your BA or BSc. Work terms are four, eight, or 12 months in duration and can be in the Greater Toronto Area, across Canada, or internationally. There are specific work term eligibility requirements for each program, such as minimum number of courses, grade point average (GPA), and successful completion of required courses.
Co-op is available in the following program areas:
Arts & Psychology
- City Studies
- Health Studies
- Mental Health Studies
- Public Policy
- Environmental Science
- Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
- Computer Science