See some highlights of our co-operative education & internship program - find out how to get a head start, find your fit and stand out from the crowd.
Co-op and internship programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to apply skills they've learned in the classroom to a real world work environment. As a co-op or internship student, you'll gain valuable work experience, make industry connections and even earn some money!
|Co-op and internship programs are available for the following Faculty of Science Programs:|
The Co-operative Education and Internship programs both integrate university study with relevant work experience. Co-op students alternate periods of full-time work with their academic terms. Students are available in January, May and September for 4, 8 and sometimes 12-month terms. Internship students spend 12 to 16 consecutive months on a work term, between their third and fourth years of academic study. Internship students can, however, also do 4 or 8 months of work at a time in order to gain a variety of experience.
There are many things that Co-operative Education or an Internship can do for you. Research shows that students with experiential learning graduate far ahead of the game, as shown by the following quotes:
“Studies show that co-op students gain employment sooner after graduation, have higher salaries, and are more likely to find employment related to their degree area than non-co-op graduates" (CAFCE Co-operative Education Manual, Canadian Association for Co-operative Education).
“Bachelor graduates from [Co-op] earned more, on average, had higher employment and full-time employment rates, and lower incidence of unemployment” (Statistics Canada).
To apply to the Co-op & Internship program please complete the online application form through CareerLink. (Login as a Student > Select Faculty of Science Co-op/Internship from the left menu > Complete application for your major > Submit). Students apply for co-op and internships at the end of their second year of study. Students are encouraged to discuss the program with the Internship and Co-operative Education Coordinator Noorie Jadavji (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and with Faculty Advisors for the appropriate program.
Co-op and Internship students graduate with either a Co-operative Education or Internship designation on their degree parchment and transcript. They will have learned valuable job-seeking skills, including writing résumés and interviewing successfully, and will have started creating a career network. They will also have several work references and contacts from employers and coworkers in their field. These students are also likely to be hired by the employers they had during their work terms right after they graduate. The Co-op and Internship program provides substantial assistance in securing jobs and standing out from other recent graduates!
Additionally, those students wishing to work abroad have the opportunity to complete their work terms in places such as Japan, Germany and the United States. For more information regarding International Co-operative Education Opportunities, visit: www.ucalgary.ca/uci/abroad