Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is close to many government departments and several non-governmental organizations and industry associations involved in public and international affairs. This situation is ideal for students seeking work experience as part of their graduate studies.
With the assistance of the CO-OP Office at the University of Ottawa—with the second largest co-op program in Ontario, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers the CO-OP option to a select number of students. The number of spaces available in the CO-OP option is not guaranteed and can vary from year to year, depending on the needs of prospective employers.
Most of the CO-OP placements in this program take place in the National Capital Region, particularly within the federal government. However, placements with NGOs, private companies and international organizations overseas are also possible.
The CO-OP option allows full time students the opportunity to acquire practical work experience by completing two one-term work placements in a public, non-profit or private organization in the field of public and international affairs. Admission to CO-OP is on a competitive basis. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for the CO-OP option.
Students are paid during their work placements. Once they’ve completed their placement, students must write a CO-OP report. This report can be either an analysis of how the student employed the knowledge and skills acquired in their program during their work placement or present the major work done over the course of the placement. The student, work supervisor and CO-OP coordinator determine the form the report will take.
The professor in the role of CO-OP coordinator at GSPIA will grade the report either a pass or fail, not a numeral grade.
Important: All CO-OP students must complete at least one full academic session after their last CO-OP placement (i.e., you cannot finish your program in a CO-OP placement).