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What is co-op?

“Co-op” stands for “co-operative education”. This means during your degree studies you can alternate in work terms, doing full-time, paid work related to your academic program.

The majority of our undergraduate programs include a co-op option.

Some benefits of participating in the co-op program:

  • Put theory into practice and solve real world problems in your field of study
  • Develop professional skills that employers are looking for
  • Build a network of industry contacts
  • Explore different career environments to find your best fit
  • Earn money to help with tuition costs

Carleton University has strong connections with local industry leaders in the high-tech sector, research communities, across government and more. This helps us create many valuable work opportunities for students.

The Co-operative Education Office supports students with their job search, co-ordinates the hiring process, and develops connections with potential employers.

You can apply to the co-op program when you apply for your degree program at Carleton, or you can apply later in your studies (typically at the end of first or second year).

To be eligible, you must be a full-time student with a specified minimum grade point average. Please note that certain programs also require prerequisite courses.

> Get details on eligibility, and how to apply for a co-op program

Just a small selection of Carleton’s co-op employers:

  • BlackBerry
  • Bombardier Aerospace
  • Welch LLP
  • Ericsson
  • Ross Video
  • Hydro Ottawa
  • IBM Canada
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Nokia
  • Trend Micro

Salaries range from minimum wage ($14/hour) to $30/hour, depending on the program.
See salary averages per field of study

Other work-study options

Many programs also include other work-study opportunities. These include: practicum, field placement, field course, apprenticeship, or research placement.

New: Our International Internship Program connects students in all disciplines with internships worldwide for academic credit.

Working in Canada

Most international students can:

  • Apply for a job on campus at Carleton University
  • Apply for a part-time job off campus during the school year (20 hours per week maximum)
  • Apply for full-time work during holidays (fall break, winter break and summer)
  • Apply for a work permit after you graduate (for up to three years) to gain international work experience

Visit the website of the Government of Canada to learn about studying and working in Canada as an international student.

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