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Co-operative Education & Internship

For Students

Background

Students may participate in the Co-operative Education Program, a concept pioneered in Western Canada by this Faculty. It is an integrated approach to higher education that enables strongly motivated students to combine a full academic program with practical work experience in the engineering field. This is accomplished by interspersing academic terms on campus with work terms in government or private sectors.

Benefits

Co-op provides a real-world look at various industries and occupations and presents a means for students to work their way through university.

For more detailed information visit the Co-operative Education Home Page.

How It Works

Students are required to complete four, four-month work terms in industry, alternating with in-class semesters. They start their first work term midway through their second year. Students achieve a total of 16 months of work experience. The program expands the normal four-year program to five years, with course scheduling structured to accommodate the co-op students' work terms. This means the school operates year-round, and students typically take spring/summer as well as the tradition fall and winter semesters. See Course and Program Scheduling for more information on how co-operative education work terms are incorporated into each program.

Admission

To apply for admission to the Co-operative Education program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, a student must:

  1. be registered in at least twelve credit hours in a Systems Engineering program in the Faculty of Engineering;
  2. have completed or been given credit for no less than 27 and no more than 63 credit hours towards the Systems Engineering degree (students are expected to have successfully completed the first three terms of the Systems Engineering program before going on a first work term);
  3. have a PGPA of at least 60.0%; and
  4. have completed or been given credit for ENGL 100, ENGG 123, and ENGG 100.

Students have to meet all 4 requirements in order to be accepted in to the program.

Internship

For students interested in having a single work term, the Internship program enables students to undertake a 12-month or 16-month work term with a single employer toward the end of their academic program.

Admission

Applications to the Co-operative Internship program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are due six months before the intended placement, as listed in the Academic Calendar. To apply for admission, a student must:

  1. be registered in at least twelve credit hours in a Systems Engineering program in the Faculty of Engineering;
  2. have completed or been given credit for no less than 72 and no more than 102 credit hours towards the Systems Engineering degree. Students are expected to have successfully completed academic terms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Systems Engineering program before the internship placement;
  3. have a PGPA of at least 60.00%;
  4. have withdrawn from the Co-operative Education, if previously admitted. Students who have completed more than one work term are not eligible for the Co-operative Internship program; and
  5. have demonstrated fluency, written and oral, in both English and the language of employment in their desired country of internship.

Students have to meet all 5 requirements in order to be accepted in to the program.

For Employers

Hiring Our Students

To hire a student, simply contact the Co-operative Education Office, or post a job on the Career Centre website.

Co-operative Education Office
Ph: 306-585-4600
Fax: 306-585-4659
E-mail: coopoff@uregina.ca

For more general information visit the For Employers section of the Career Centre website at the University of Regina.