Co‑op work terms

Earn up to $10,000 per co-op work term

The co-op education program is an optional component that integrates academic study with three four-month, relevant, paid work terms. Students apply what they have learned in class to real-world work environments, then apply what they have learned at work back in the classroom while earning approximately $10,000 per work term.

Upon gradutation, students enter the job market with the advantage of practical work experience.

What you'll get out of it:

  • Valuable and relevant work experience
  • Transferable skills sought by employers
  • The ability to earn a pay cheque
  • Essential job search skills
  • An opportunity to explore career interests before graduation
  • A network of contacts

How it works

You will be required to complete a minimum of 42 weeks over three work terms. Work terms alternate between academic terms in your second and third years. A typical Bachelor of Computer Science schedule is provided below.



(Sept. - Dec.)


(Jan. - Apr.)


(May - Aug.)
1 Academic Term Academic Term -
2 Academic Term Academic Term Work Term 1
3 Academic Term Work Term 2 Academic Term
4 Work Term 3 Academic Term Academic Term


Finding a work term

Our students have secured work terms with companies large and small, including:

  • Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • NS Power
  • T4G Limited
  • Department of National Defence
  • Ubisoft Entertainment Inc. 
  • Simplycast Interactive Marketing Ltd 
  • HB Studios
  • Medusa Medical Technologies Inc.

Student story

The benefits of a Co-op experience

“This Co-op placement definitely has helped me become more confident that I am in the field that sparks my passion and enthusiasm for technology,” she says. “During my Co-op, I was also assured again that computer science can be applied any field or department.”

After this work term, Keerthana says she is definitely more interested in the aviation field now that she can make an actual real-life connection between aviation and computer science. Learn more about Keerthana's story.