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Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education, or Co-op, is designed to integrate undergraduate academic studies with paid work experience. It provides students with meaningful, paid work experience, networking capabilities, and helps build and develop students’ competences and skill sets.

Algoma University’s Co-operative Education Program follows the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education model of paid work terms, allowing students career exploration and experience in areas of career interest, while academic terms build a solid foundation of theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the area of study.

Co-op Manual for Students

Employer Co-op Manual


Cindi Elgie
Coordinator, Co-op, Career Services & Experiential Learning
705-949-2301, ext.4214
Office: SH 206

Co-op information for students

Algoma University’s Co-operative Education Certificate is offered concurrently with all disciplines. Traditionally, most placements have been in the areas of computer science, information technology, business administration, and accounting. A growing field of interest is biology and various Bachelor of Arts programs.

To graduate with the Co-operative Education Certificate, students must successfully complete their degree program, pass COOP 0101, and successfully complete three work term placements (with one placement being during the academic year).  An acceptable Work Term Reflection Report must be received for each work term to determine whether a student may continue on to subsequent placements.

CO-OP Information For Current and Prospective Employers

Algoma U Co-op Students are bright, eager and will assist with your short-term employment needs!

What co-op programs do you offer?

The majority of our co-op students are from the following areas:

Business Administration:
▪ General Administration ▪ Accounting ▪ Economics ▪ Marketing ▪ Human Resource Management

Computer Science:
▪ Bachelor of Computer Science ▪ Computer Games Technology and Creative Arts ▪ Computer Game Technology ▪ Mobile Software Engineering

Other popular programs include:
History, Psychology, Fine Arts

When is a good time to hire a co-op student?
Students typically begin work terms in September 1st, January 1st and May 1st.

How does a student qualify for co-op?
Admission and eligibility to apply for co-op work term placements is granted to those students who maintain an overall average of 70% and meet additional job requirements set out by the co-op employer.

Is there a cost to employers?
All costs associated with the hire (salary, EI, CPP, WSIB, vacation pay, etc.) are the sole responsibility of the employer however funding is available (see below).

Co-op Tax Credit: A $3000.00 Tax Credit is available to all employers who employ a Co-op Student. Go to: www.rev.gov.on.ca/en/credit/cetc/


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Community Partners and Employers

Community partners and employers are the key links in connecting students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through experiential learning courses and programs. The Experiential Learning Hub is actively seeking partnerships with community organizations and businesses as placement hosts for co-ops, internships, and practicums. 

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COOP 0101

Career Skills Course is a one-credit co-op course designed to inform students about the program and prepare students for the job search process. Topics covered include skills assessment, resume and cover letter tips, interview skills, job search skills, and business etiquette. Students are encouraged to enroll in COOP 0101 within the first two semesters of study.

The following courses must be completed to earn a Co-operative Education Certificate:

  • COOP 0101 (career skills course);
  • COOP 0201 (first four-month work term placement);
  • COOP 0202 (second four-month work term placement); and
  • COOP 0301 (third four-month work term placement).

All co-op courses are charged at the rate of their credit weighting. International students do not pay international fees for co-op credits. All co-op credits are based on the Canadian Fee Schedule found in the Academic Calendar (PDF).

For a list of employers offering Co-op Education & career opportunities, please visit the Co-op Job Postings (PDF).

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Note: There is no guaranteed work-term placement.  Although the Co-op Office liaises with employers to generate work-term postings, placements are always employer- and market-driven; therefore, some semesters will have more positions than there are applicants and other semesters will have more applicants than there are positions.