Co-op Program FAQ

What do I need to get into the Computer Science (CS) Co-op Program?

See the Undergraduate Program / Co-operative Eduation Program / Co-op Program Eligibility section of this website.

What types of jobs are available to CS Co-op students?

CS Co-op students are prepared to work in software design, help desk support, network administration, web page design and maintenance, hardware and software application support, data processing, instruction and scientific computing. See the list of positions posted elsewhere on this website.

How many work terms will I do?

For Computer Science you'll do three work terms, with an optional fourth and fifth.

How much can I earn during a work term?

Salaries for CS Co-op students typically range from $2400 per month to $4000 per month. That works out to approximately $15 to $27 per hour. Some employers may also offer a moving allowance.

What is a "double work term"?

A double work term is a two-term (eight-month) Co-op job placement. (Confusingly, the term is used in some Co-op office documents to refer only to the second half of such a placement.) Some job placements are planned from the beginning to be double work terms. Occasionally, a double work term arises because an employer wants to have you, as a Co-op student, extend your work placement to a second consecutive four-month work term. In either case, you will need to fill out and sign a Request for Double Work Term form. For more information, consult the Undergraduate Program / Co-operative Education Program / Co-op Program Regulations section of this website.

What do former students say about the Co-op program?

"The Co-op program has really been a key component in my university career. Not only was I able to gain professional experience, but I also had the opportunity to further develop my resume writing and job interviewing skills. I have learned a lot of 'hands-on' experience from my work term jobs as well as having a great time and meeting some really amazing people whom I will be friends with for a very long time! Co-op experience gets you out into the industry. There are so many different types of jobs available for Computer Science students - being a part of the Co-op Program allows you to test out the different kinds of jobs out there to see which ones are right for you. I am very thankful that I decided to join the Co-op Program and encourage everyone who is interested to join." Mishayla Potts

For comments from another previous Co-op student, read this article in the Canadian Teacher Magazine.


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