CO-OP Work Term Report Guidelines - Appendix A: Guidelines

Are you ready to write your work term report? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1.1. Include in the body of your report the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Host service
  3. Objectives set by employer/intern
  4. Work completed
  5. Degree of attainment of objectives
  6. Competencies acquired
  7. Competencies to be acquired
  8. Benefits of revision
  9. Overall assessment and suggestions


1.2. Use sideheads and number your sections.

1.3. Create subsections if a section is particularly long (e.g. 6.1, 6.2).

1.4. For the body of your report, write 10 pages (1.5 line spacing). Sections 1 to 5 should not exceed 4 pages in length.    

1.5. Include a table of contents.

1.6. Following Section 9, include a bibliography of documents, websites, etc. that you consulted regularly, particularly sources specific to the employer.

1.7. Append to the report the employer’s evaluation and revised samples of your work

(10 pages of source text and your translations/revisions of those pages showing reviser’s changes and comments).

2.1. Introduction

Give the overall context and purpose of the report in one or two sentences.

2.2. Host service

State unit’s mandate, main clients, products and services, delivery channels, etc.

2.3. Objectives sets by employer/intern

List the two learning objectives, and three performance objectives that you and your supervisor set at the beginning of your placement. If possible, clearly state each objective, using the SMARTS system. Identify if one or more of these objectives are related to the uOCompetencies.

2.4. Work completed

Describe tasks carried out and state areas of specialization, length of texts, difficulty/complexity of texts, types of computer and software used, work methods and processes, etc.

2.5. Degree of attainment of objectives

Summarize how the performance and learning objectives that you and your supervisor set at the beginning of your placement helped you gain workplace skills. Include a detailed explanation of the approach used to achieve the work-term objectives by describing the results obtained.  

2.6. Competencies acquired

2.6.1. Describe the disciplinary competencies acquired or developed:

  • solutions to problems of transfer (e.g. recurrent translation problems);
  • solutions to problems of target language quality (typography, grammar, usage, style, structure);
  • solutions to problems of terminology (information sources, search methods);
  • development of a translation method;
  • effective and efficient use of translation technologies;
  • translation speed (production).

2.6.2. Describe the transversal competencies acquired or developed, such as the capacity to communicate, capacity to interact with clients, capacity to work in a team, and capacity to use non-translation technologies. You may also review the uOCompetencies selected for your internship by examining the Virtual Campus (Brightspace) modules to discuss how you developed or integrated them during your placement.

2.7. Competencies to be acquired

Based on your experience, describe the competencies that you still need to acquire or develop so that you can join the labour market as a useful human resource after your program of study.

2.8. Benefits of revision

Describe and assess your supervisor’s/supervisors’ approach to revision. What major learning points did they try to convey to you? Were they successful in doing so? How did they communicate with you? How often? In what specific ways did revision change your work?

2.9. Overall assessment and suggestions

Give your overall assessment of the placement. What worked well? What did not work well? What should the employer have done but did not do? What could the employer have done better? Give suggestions for improvement.

For the second and third placements, make a comparative assessment of the placements.

[December 2020]