Work-Term Preparation Courses

Co-op work term requirements: information on co-op preparation courses and work term requirements
Co-op Work Term Requirements

Students must satisfactorily complete two Co-op work terms, each of four-months duration. To be eligible for their first work term, students must be enrolled in the Major (Co-op) Program in Public Policy and have completed at least 10.0 credits, including POLB56H3 (Understanding Canadian Politics) and POLB57H3 (The Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights), and 0.5 credit of Research Methods.

In addition to their academic program requirements, Co-op students complete up to four Co-op specific courses. These courses are designed to prepare students for their job search and work term experience, and to maximize the benefits of their Co-op work terms. They cover a variety of topics intended to assist students in developing the skills and tools required to secure work terms that are appropriate to their program of study, and to perform professionally in the workplace. These courses must be completed in sequence, and are taken in addition to a full course load. They are recorded on transcripts as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) and are considered to be additive credit to the 20.0 required degree credits. No additional course fee is assessed as registration is included in the Co-op Program fee.

Co-op Preparation Course Requirements:

1. COPB50H3/​( COPD01H3) – Foundations for Success in Arts & Science Co-op

- Students entering Co-op from outside of UTSC (high school or other postsecondary) will complete this course in Fall or Winter of their first year at UTSC. Enrolment in each section is based on admission category: Typically, students in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics enroll in the Fall semester while all other Arts & Science Co-op admission categories enroll in the Winter semester however this may vary year to year.

- Current UTSC students entering Co-op in April/May will complete this course in the Summer semester.

- Current UTSC students entering Co-op in July/August will complete this course in the Fall semester.


2. COPB51H3/​( COPD03H3) – Preparing to Compete for your Co-op Work Term

- This course will be completed eight months in advance of the first scheduled work term.

3. COPB52H3/​( COPD11H3) – Managing your Work Term Search & Transition to Work

- This course will be completed four months in advance of the first work scheduled work term.

4. COPC98H3/​( COPD12H3) –  Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part I

- This course will be completed four months in advance of the second scheduled work term.

5. COPC99H3/​( COPD13H3) – Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part II

- This course will be completed four months in advance of the third scheduled work term (for programs that require the completion of 3 work terms and/or four months in advance of any additional work terms that have been approved by the Arts and Science Co-op Office.

Students must be available for work terms in each of the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters and must complete at least one of their required work terms in either a Fall or Winter semester. This, in turn, requires that students take courses during at least one Summer semester.


Student Testimonials

Interested in hearing about the Public Policy co-op experience? Watch Esma Boztas talk about her experience as a Public Policy co-op student who completed her work term at Toronto Hydro in her role in government relations.