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Co-op Opportunities

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What are CMSS Co-op opportunities?

During your CMSS Master's degree, combine academic studies with real-world work experience by securing a co-op placement (also known as paid internships). Students may work in a co-op position for eight months from January to the end of August of their second year. Placements are not guaranteed. 

For students

Why Co-op?

  • Develop professional skills
  • Create networking opportunities
  • Apply knowledge and skills to practical applications
  • Earn an income
  • Possibility of full time employment with your Co-op company upon completion of work term

What does CMSS do during a Co-op placement?

  • Monitor student progress through the work experience and coordinate a half-time review with both student and employer
  • Provides career guidance
  • Searches for relevant, high quality employers
  • Helps students navigate the path to co-op work
  • Works with employers and students to find the best fit 

How to secure a placement

To secure a co-op placement, CMSS students must first meet with the Graduate Program Director within the first term of their degree. With GPD support, the student will identify and approach their preferred organization(s) for a potential internship. CMSS facilitates co-op opportunities by advertising postings as they become available, but it is up to the student to secure their placement. Creativity, initiative, and skill with networking are highly important in this process.