Co-op work terms allow students to gain practical experience within an organization that will allow them to work on issues relevant to the learning objectives of the MA program.

Options for graduate students

Ideally, the co-op placement will provide an opportunity for the student to define his or her area of interest. The knowledge gained can sometimes be incorporated into the student’s Thesis or MRP. 

The majority of work placements are often with federal government agencies but there are also some opportunities in Canada with NGO’s and not for profit organizations.

Combination of work terms and study

Located at the heart of the National Capital Region, the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) finds itself situated closely to several federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and embassies. 

The CO-OP option allows students the opportunity to acquire pertinent work experience by completing two paid work terms. Each work term lasts one semester in a public, private or non-governmental organization. 

At the end of each work term, students must submit a report describing their work experience and evaluating the ways information, research techniques and theoretical tools acquired in their program were applied in their work term. These work terms are evaluated by the professor designated as the CO-OP program director and receive a grade of satisfactory or non-satisfactory.

Course sequence options

There are two course sequence options for students in the CO-OP program. In the first option, the student will register to their first CO-OP placement in the spring/summer session of their first year and their second placement in the winter of their second year of the program. In the second option, the student will only complete one work placement of 8 consecutive months starting in the spring/summer of their first year (lasting until the end of the fall semester of their second year). This second option allows students the chance to really engage in large projects with their host organization. However, in both circumstances students will be credited with twelve credits (6 credits per work term) for their work experience and the work term reports.

The following table demonstrates the typical course sequence for student registered in CO-OP:

CO-OP Option 1: two work terms of four months each

YearFallWinterSpring/Summer
1

DVM 5100 : Understanding International Development and Globalization

DVM 5101 : Research Methods

DVM 610X : Elective course from a list**

Selection of a thesis supervisor

DVM 610X : Elective course from a list**

DVM 6XXX : Elective course*

DVM 6XXX: Elective course*

Selection of a thesis supervisor.

First CO-OP Work Term
2

DVM 6XXX : Elective course* (for MRP)

DVM 6XXX: Elective course* (for MRP)

OR

Thesis (THM 7999)

Second CO-OP Work Term

MRP (DVM 6998)

OR

Thesis (THM 7999)

* Elective courses can be taken in DVM or another department
** These elective courses must be taken from the following list: DVM 6101, DVM 6102, DVM 6103, DVM 6104, DVM 6105.

CO-OP Option 2: one co-op work term of 8 months (with the same employer)

YearFallWinterSpring/Summer
1

DVM 5100 : Understanding International Development and Globalization

DVM 5101 : Research Methods

DVM 610X : Elective course from a list**

Selection of a thesis supervisor

DVM610X : Elective course from a list**

DVM 6XXX: Elective course*

DVM 6XXX: Elective course*

Selection of a thesis supervisor

First CO-OP Work Term
2Second CO-OP Work Term

DVM 6XXX : Elective course* (for MRP)

DVM 6XXX: Elective course* (for MRP)

OR

Thesis (THM 7999)

MRP (DVM 6998)

OR

Thesis (THM 7999)

* Elective courses can be taken in DVM or another department
** These elective courses must be taken from the following list: DVM 6101, DVM 6102, DVM 6103, DVM 6104, DVM 6105.

How to apply to the CO-OP program

Please note that you can apply to the CO-OP program from September 1 to 30th (your first semester in the program).

Steps to Follow:

  • Log in to uoZone
  • Select « Applications »
  • Select « Navigateur COOP »

If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the CO-OP Office directly.

When completing a work-term students can only register to one additional course, while paying tuition and all associated fees. These are the fees that apply to students registered on a part-time basis.

Students can combine a coop work term with an international internship with a Canadian organization. But please note that you will receive the credits for the coop work term only. This work term would be unpaid.

Continuous activities, such as the MRP or thesis, are suspended during a co-op work term.