CO-OP Program

Coop work terms allow students to gain practical experience within an organization that will allow them to work on issues relevant to the learning objectives of the M.A programme. Ideally, the CO-OP placement will provide an opportunity for the student to define his or her area of interest. The knowledge gained can sometimes be incorporated into the student`s Thesis or MRP.

The majority of work placements are often with federal government agencies but there are also some opportunities in Canada with NGO`s and not for profit organizations.

CO-OP program

Combination of work terms and study

Located at the heart of the National Capital Region, the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) finds itself situated closely to several federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and embassies. 

The coop option allows students the opportunity to acquire pertinent work experience by completing two paid work terms. Each work term lasts one semester in a public, private or nongovernmental organisation. 

At the end of each work term, students must submit a report describing their work experience and evaluating the ways information, research techniques and theoretical tools acquired in their program were applied in their work term. These work terms are evaluated by the professor designated as the CO-OP program director and receive a grade of satisfactory or non-satisfactory.

Course sequence options

There are two course sequence options for students in the CO-OP program. In the first option, the student will register to their first CO-OP placement in the spring/summer session of their first year and their second placement in the winter of their second year of the program. In the second option, the student will only complete one work placement of 8 consecutive months starting in the spring/summer of their first year (lasting until the end of the fall semester of their second year). This second option allows students the chance to really engage in large projects with their host organization. However, in both circumstances students will be credited with twelve credits (6 credits per work term) for their work experience and the work term reports.

The following table demonstrates the typical course sequence for student registered in CO-OP:

COOP OPTION 1: two work terms of four months each

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1

DVM5100 : Understanding International Development and Globalization

DVM5101 : Research Methods

Selection of a thesis supervisor.

DVM610X : Elective course from a list**

DVM610X : Elective course from a list**

Selection of a thesis supervisor.

First coop Work Term
Year 2

DVM6XXX : Elective course*

DVM6XXX: Elective course*

Second coop Work Term

DVM6XXX : Elective course* (for MRP)

DVM6XXX: Elective course* (for MRP)

OR

Thesis (THM7999)

Year 3

MRP (DVM6998)

OR

Thesis (THM7999)

   

 

Please note that we suggest that full-time students register to at least 2 courses but no more than 3 courses per semester.

* Elective courses can be taken in DVM or another department

** These elective courses must be taken from the following list: DVM6101, DVM6102, DVM6103, DVM6104, DVM6105.

 

COOP OPTION 2: one coop work term of 8 months

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1

DVM5100 : Understanding International Development and Globalization

DVM5101 : Research Methods

Selection of a thesis supervisor.

DVM610X : Elective course from a list**

DVM610X : Elective course from a list**

Selection of a thesis supervisor.

First coop Work Term
Year 2 Second coop Work Term

DVM6XXX : Elective course*

DVM6XXX: Elective course*

DVM6XXX : Elective course* (for MRP)

DVM6XXX: Elective course* (for MRP)

OR

Thesis (THM7999)
Year 3

MRP (DVM6998)

OR

Thesis (THM7999)

   

Please note that we suggest that full-time students register to at least 2 courses but no more than 3 courses per semester.

* Elective courses can be taken in DVM or another department

** These elective courses must be taken from the following list: DVM6101, DVM6102, DVM6103, DVM6104, DVM6105.

 

How to apply to the Co-op program

Please note that you can apply to the co-op program from September 1 to 30th (your first semester in the program).

Steps to Follow:

  • Log in to uoZone
  • Select « Applications »
  • Select « Navigateur COOP »

If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the COOP Office directly.

 

When completing a work-term students can only register to one additional course, while paying tuition and all associated fees. These are the fees that apply to students registered on a part-time basis.

Students can combine a coop work term with an international internship with a Canadian organization. But please note that you will receive the credits for the coop work term only. This work term would be unpaid.

Continuous activities, such as the MRP or thesis, are suspended during a co-op work term.

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