Apply concepts you learn in class through paid work terms. You’ll get not just a degree showing that you participated in a CO-OP program but also approximately 16 months of experience in your field of study and a network of valuable contacts.
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programs

95%

placement rate

4,000+

employers

Benefits

Find a job more easily thanks to the experience and skills you gain through CO-OP placements. You can: 

  • gain paid work experience in your field of study 

  • develop professional skills 

  • find your career match by exploring different job opportunities 

  • meet people who can help you break into the job market after you graduate 

  • travel for work and have unique experiences 

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The CO-OP option is available in four-year undergraduate programs (honours with specialization, double major and major with minor) and in some master’s programs.  

For undergraduates, in most cases, your first work term takes place during the summer after your second year. From then on, your placements and study terms alternate until the end of your program. You must submit a report at the end of each placement. 

Typical CO-OP sequence 

Year 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring-Summer 

Studies 

Studies 

Studies 

Studies 

Work 1 

Studies 

Work 2 

Studies 

Work 3 

Studies 

Work 4 

Studies 

The University of Ottawa’s CO-OP program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.  

Types of employers

Depending on your program, you can do placements with many types of employers, including private businesses, federal government departments, municipal and provincial government offices, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, Crown corporations, NGOs and high-tech companies.  

Depending on your preferences, you can take part in placement opportunities locally, across Canada or abroad.

Apply through the CO-OP Navigator
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Workshops

Workshops are part of all accredited CO-OP programs. They’re critical to your success, and you must attend all of them.
List of CO-OP workshops

Contact us

Co-operative Education Programs

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, 3rd floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Canada
Tel.: 613-562-5741
Fax: 613-562-5108
[email protected]

Office hours

September 1 to May 31
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31
8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.