Co-operative Education Program

Work, earn and learn with Arts Co-op. Combine job experience with your studies!



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Success Stories

Read the stories of current co-op students and co-op alumni. 

Learn where our co-op alumni are now.


Every year we recognize outstanding co-op students and employers.

Our 2021 winners


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How to apply

Think you might be a good fit for the Arts Co-op program?

Link to Information Session Video 2022



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Current students

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Resources and forms

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Contact us

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Enhance your education

Gain career-related work experience before you graduate! You'll alternate full-time, paid work terms with study semesters.

You'll get practical experience and develop a network of contacts. Gain a better understanding of careers in your field. Have the chance to apply what you learn in the classroom to a work environment.

The Co-op advising team is here to help you search for a job, create a strong resume and develop job interview best practices.

Year one

Ask an advisor about the Co-op program

Year two

Check your eligibility and apply

Year three and four

Go on work terms

Year five

Graduate with twelve months' work experience!

How does it work?

  • Complete three (12-16 week) work terms to get your co-op designation. A fourth term is optional.

  • Work terms are full-time, paid, relevant positions that provide supervision and feedback.

  • Placements are not guaranteed but Co-op coordinators are here to help you throughout the process! We also have a mentorship program that matches you with senior or alumni co-op students.

  • While on a work term, you will be registered into a Co-op course. You are assessed one course fee and have full-time student status with the university

  • Co-op work terms are in addition to your academic requirements. They do not lessen the number of courses required to complete your degree.

  • Work terms can alternate or be consecutive.

Why Co-op?

Find out directly from one of our students.

A student holds a signboard that reads "Just hired by Emco for the Summer"


Co-op students normally begin their work terms during the third year of studies, alternating periods of work and study and ending on an academic semester. A typical Co-op student might experience a work term sequence that looks something like this:

First year/term

Fall: Academic

Winter: Academic

Spring/Summer: Vacation

Second year/term

Fall: Academic

Winter: Academic


Third year/term

Fall: First work term

Winter: Academic

Spring/Summer: Second work term

Fourth year/term

Fall: Academic

Winter: Study abroad

Spring/Summer: Vacation

Fifth year/term

Fall: Third work term

Winter: Academic

Spring/Summer: Graduate

Featured events

Co-op News

Arts Employer and Student of the Year Awards

Faculty of Arts Co-op program celebrates successes of employer supervisors and co-op students...

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48 local tech companies and over 1,100 students attend first-of-its-kind tech networking event

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Reverse career fair puts arts students in the spotlight

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'We look forward to hiring you in the future'

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