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: Foundations For Success In Arts & Science Co-op. You will have a chance to investigate career options, 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 tailor your job search documents (resume, cover letter, references) and develop interview preparation (mock interviews). This takes place in COPD03: Preparing To Compete For Your Co-op Work Term 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: Managing Your Job Search and Transition To Work (taken when seeking your first co-op work term)
- COPD12: Integrating Your Work Term Experience I (taken when seeking your second co-op work term)
- COPD13: Integrating Your Work Term Experience II (taken when seeking your third co-op work term)
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 (GTA), 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
- Women's & Gender Studies
- Environmental Science
- Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
- Computer Science