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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 Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) 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 Student Handbook

Employer Co-op Manual

Bachelor of Computer Science, Co-op Student Handbook


Cindi Elgie

Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
[email protected]
705-949-2301, ext.4214
Office: SH 206

Bachelor of Computer Science Co-op Program

The new Bachelor of Computer Science 3. Accelerated, Co-op and Bachelor of Computer Science Honours, Co-op offers students a degree with academic co-op credit embedded into the program. Students will gain valuable work experience as they will be given the opportunity to take leadership on small-scale projects and to be mentored by industry experts. By combining semesters of classroom study with semesters of full-time employment in career-related positions, students will have the best of both worlds as they apply their formal learning to the workplace, and vice-versa.

The employment prospect for students who complete a university degree with the co-op option will have the application and theoretical skills in order to be successful in the workforce and respond successfully to the challenges presented by contemporary high-demand computer science positions.

Bachelor of Computer Science Co-op Admissions

  • 25 spots are available to the top 25 applicants.
  • The minimum entrance requirement is 70% and this average must be maintained to remain in the program.
  • Co-op placements are embedded in the degree with 2 credits being granted for each of 3 co-op placements. 

Bachelor of Computer Science Co-op Program Requirements

  • Complete COOP 0101 (1 non-academic credit, domestic fees).
  • Maintain a 70% average.
  • Complete 3 co-op placements.

Co-op Certificate Student Handbook

4-Year Bachelor of Computer Science, Co-op Student Handbook

Algoma U Co-operative Education Certificate

Algoma University’s Co-operative Education Certificate is offered concurrently with all disciplines excluding Bachelor of Social Work and Community, Economic and Social Development degree programs. Traditionally, most placements have been in the areas of computer science, information technology, business administration, and accounting. With the guidance of the Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, co-op students are responsible to secure co-op placements.

To graduate with the Co-operative Education Certificate, students must:

  •  Successfully complete their degree program;
  • Complete COOP 0101;
  • Maintain a 70% average; and
  • Successfully complete three work term 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

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When is a good time to hire a co-op student?
Students typically begin work terms 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). For complete details, see the

Co-operative Education Employer Handbook

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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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Co-op Employment Opportunities

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.

Outcome Campus Connect 

Employer partners can instantly post experiential learning opportunities (including co-op opportunities and unpaid internships), skill development, and job opportunities that reach student talent at the post-secondary institutions, and in the specific fields of study, of your choice (with the click of a button). It is a streamlined and holistic way to easily build your early talent recruitment pipeline or hire with immediacy – putting the right opportunity, in front of the right student – every time.

To sign up/ login, please navigate to https://magnet.whoplusyou.com/lp/campusconnect

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit

You can claim this credit if you are a corporation that provided a qualifying work placement at a permanent establishment in Ontario for a student enrolled in a qualifying post-secondary co-operative education program.

The credit is equal to an eligible percentage (25% to 30%) of the eligible expenditures incurred by the corporation for a qualifying work placement. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000.

For further information, go to: Co-op Tax Credit

Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. 

Student work placement activities can include, but is not limited to:

  • mentorship programs
  • co-op placements
  • practicums, and
  • internships

 Visit Student Work Placement Program

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).