Co-Op program for Employers

Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies

What is the CMSS Co-Op Program?

This Master’s level Co-Op Program combines academic studies with real-world work experience. Students take nine, graduate level half credit courses (HCEs) over 18 months within the course-based program, and then work in a co-op position for eight months from January to the end of August of their second year.

Why CMSS Co-Op?

CMSS’s unique Co-Op program provides graduate level students eager to apply their current knowledge to practical, real-world experience. Our students are ready to provide support to a burgeoning niche market in both public and private industry.


Consider a Co-Op placement as:

  • Cost effective support for special projects
  • Opportunity to preview potential full-time recruits
  • Eight-month work term allows employers to gain a higher level of productivity from their co-op student
  • CMSS is committed to listening to the views of industry in order to provide skilled adaptable students who fit their needs

If your organization is looking for a dynamic addition to your team, our students have the following skills you are looking for:

  • Critical thinking
  • Written communication
  • Verbal communication/presentation
  • Knowledge of security issues
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Organizational
  • Strategic analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Resourcefulness
  • Adaptability