Skip to main content

Faculty of Science co-op program

A five-year Co-operative Education option is available in all Science programs (except for Forensic Science, which has an embedded experiential component), which satisfy the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. These five-year programs combine an Honours Bachelor of Science program with embedded work terms. The co-op option gives you opportunities to apply your classroom and lab concepts to real-world situations and help you gain valuable, relevant work experience, promote networking and lifelong career success.

Co-op work terms give you the opportunity to:

  • Earn a competitive salary that helps pay for your university degree.

  • Obtain work experience to help clarify your career objectives.

  • Get a distinct advantage to assist your prospects for full-time employment after graduation or for being readily accepted into graduate school to pursue further studies.

Studies have shown that university students who graduate with a co-op degree have lower debt loads, are employed faster and have higher starting salaries.

Am I eligible to complete a Science co-op?
  • You can apply as early as the Fall term of Year 2 (Semester 3) up until end of third year (Semester 6).

  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 after Year 2 (Semester 3) up until you go out on co-op.

So you are eligible to participate in the co-op program; what’s next?
  • Step 1: Complete a Science Co-op Application form.  Come to Student Life – Career Centre in U5-62 to speak with Janette Banga, pick up an application form and change of program form. You also have the option of filling out the application forms online by visiting Select the link to the Career Centre Portal. Once you are signed in, you can select Services for Students, then the Internship and Co-op tab. You can access the registration form under the Forms tab.
  • Step 2: Fill out the forms and return them to the Student Life – Career Centre in the U5 Building, Room 62 or email both attachments to
  • Step 3: Schedule an appointment with the Career Centre to update your resume and cover letter. You can either go online to to book an appointment or come to the Student Life – Career Centre in the U5 Building, Room 62 and the Career Centre can book it for you.
  • Step 4: Start applying to jobs! There are a variety of co-op postings available on the Co-op and Internship portal. We also encourage you to look for additional opportunities on your own. If you find a company, please contact Tracy James-Hockin, Job Development Co-ordinator, who will follow up with the company and make the connection. Good sites to set up job alerts with include and; search for Science Co-op.  
I have found a position; what are my next steps?
  • Step 1: Visit the Career Centre to sign the Student Agreement.
  • Step 2: Email your offer letter to or drop off a copy of your offer letter to the Student Life – Career Centre in the U5 Building, Room 62.
  • Step 3: Attend a Success Workshop before beginning your co-op term.
Program benefits and fees
What else do you need to know?

Students accepting a co-op offer must agree to:

  • Withdraw from all other current co-op competitions and refrain from applying to any further co-op positions available during the term of the signed contract.

  • Remit payment of the co-op administration fee ($550 per semester) to the university's Accounting department once this appears on their MyCampus account.

  • Return to UOIT on a full-time basis upon completion of the co-op to continue their intended degree programs.

How can Career Services help?

We can help you:

  • Complete the necessary documentation to enroll in co-op program.

  • Tailor your resumé and cover letter.

  • Locate relevant co-op opportunities.

  • Prepare you to market yourself with confidence at the interview stage.

  • Transition smoothly from school to work.

For more information, please contact:

Tracy James-Hockin
Science Co-op Co-ordinator and Job Development Co-ordinator
905.721.8668 ext. 5363

Janette Banga
Co-op and Internship Assistant
905.721.8668 ext. 3824

University of Ontario Institute of Technology logo